What’s the back story on this photo?
I didn’t write this myself, in the sand, if that’s what you’re thinking.
We were at Slippery Rock, and I was on the bridge,
contemplating taking the steps, not just down to the water where the kayakers and going-for-a-dippers were putting in to the river , but also back up the steps, to the roadway above, later.
Actually wishing I could do the stairs, up and down, multiple times over, but I knew that was not yet possible for me.
Walking, especially stairs and inclines, has been one of THE hardest activities I have had since the spinal fusion surgery that became part of my life story in April of 2014.
It wasn’t always that way. I have been for the best part of my life active and keeping busy as much as possible, day in and day out.
But 8 screws and rods, and 13 staples in a 6-inch incision in my back has, for the past year, altered that for me to something I must work to do every day…day in and day out.
And it’s a good thing, actually. I needed the surgery. My spine was falling down, and the radiculopathy is still something I am contending with to erradicate–hopefully.
But, back to the small story about this photo, “A Day in the Life”.
While I was on the bridge above the swift moving river below, watching my grandson have a kayaking lesson, a young girl disrobed to her bikini top and shorts at the waters edge, and proceeded to then write in the sand “a day in the life”.
She didn’t stop to capture it in a photo, but rather turned and ran into the water, and into the arms of her boyfriend already in the water, watching her actions, too.
She wrote it and then let it go.
My heart fluttered, and I caught my breath.
It’s good to be alive.
I watched the water bubble white and frothy over the rocks further down stream, and filled my lungs with sunshine-rinsed air, collecting my camera equipment to carry down the steps to the water.
I wanted to be closer to my grandson, and not let the pain and challenge prevent me from being as close as possible to what the bridge under my feet was built to keep me from falling in to.
“A Day in the Life”–the words were much bigger the closer I was to them, of course. They were uneven, not in my handwriting, and they were unavoidable.
They said, “This is a day in your life, Diane. This is a day in everyone’s life. A day to do it; a day to start over; a day to keep going; a day to learn; a day to adventure; a day to be in love; a day to write a message in the Sun on the face of the Earth; a day to BE who you want to be inside of your heart. You can wake up from surgery; you can wake up from pain; you can wake up from another day of pulling the pieces together to make it all whole.
Don’t let this day slip away. It is a day in your life. Spend it wisely.
The water didn’t splash up and wash it away. My grandson didn’t do his usual little boy thing of smashing his little toes over every grain of sand at the water’s edge. The girl who wrote it had long since gone, and I could not ignore it.
To me, it was a beautiful gift.
So, I photographed it, because it was too real, and I knew I had to keep it somehow to look at over and over again, recalling the serendipity of it being there. I had to share it with you.
So, what’s the back story about this photo? Beauty and truth, that’s the back story–that’s what it is. 🙂
What about you?
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