A Fresh New Start

My son Josh started his senior year of high school today.

I love this picture of him (taken just last week) because it speaks of hope, optimism, joy and a bright future.

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As does this photo of a five year old Josh with his beloved Winnie The Pooh backpack. 🙂

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For many years, Josh loved photography. He was never without his camera and took such great photos at our nephew’s wedding in 2008 that they used and framed some of his pictures in place of the professional photographer’s offerings. His first paid job was as a videographer at a friend’s wedding.

At some point that season came to an end and  to my great sadness, his camera began collecting dust. I loved seeing the world through my son’s camera. I continued to hope that he would one day take that camera off the shelf.

I am thrilled to say that day has arrived!

About a week before school started, Josh and I were taking a walk around our neighborhood and he told me that he intended to truly live every moment of his senior year. He did not want to take anything for granted and his goal was that on graduation day, he would have left it all on the field, so to speak. No opportunity or time wasted. Just good memories and happy times with friends treasured.

His words made this mama’s heart so happy. I have been telling my kids for years to make the most of their days…and he was listening! 🙂

A few days later, he was attending a birthday party with his fellow soon-to-be high school seniors. One of his friends suggested that he should make a documentary (both with still photography and video) of his senior year. Josh was so excited about this idea that he came home from the party and was up until almost dawn researching and planning.

A Facebook status declaring his intentions received great support and numerous requests to be involved from his classmates.

Yesterday, he bought a new camera with his own money and the story of the class of 2014 begins today!

I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!

May we also be aware of the gift of today.

Keep your eyes open to the beauty and blessings that surround you. Then maybe pick up a pen, a paintbrush, a camera and mark down what you see.

You will not pass this way again.


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