This is part Two of this week’s SAPCC theme “2008″.
The first part touched lightly on loss and ominous changes in 2008 through another “behind the wheel” shot. Surely, we all have our own stories about this aspect of 2008. I did not want to end the year, however, on that image or text, although I do not want to ever forget the lessons learned. I read recently that someone said the opposite of life is not death, but fear. I believe this.
So, how did I fight the fear? As it turns out, I fought with two no-risk investments that kept on growing despite the doom and gloom: creativity and children. It is hard to be consumed with fear and anxiety when someone hugs your knees when they see you come through the door. It is difficult to give in to darkness when your mission each day is to go out to your world and bring back something worth showing your friends. And, what I came to find out…to show to myself, to steady my jittery gaze.
I came to realize that consolation is not a magic wand but someone taking the time to simply bearing witness. I was heartened by special folks around me who unfailingly make me laugh (NkGee), or those who say wise things (niece Alice) or those whose feet grew into the ground as chaos spread (cousin Mary) and those newly found miracle people who create order out of chaos, second cousin or is it third, Mary K–you who love Ebay and special used teddy bears. Blessed are you who have taken the time.
So, my final image for 2008 is this photograph of the often photographed patch of berries and reeds that I have visited so often in the past few months. Black ice surrounded it on the morning I took this photograph so I could not get out of the car safely. I wanted to imbue this spot with an energy that it has given me unfailingly, day after day.
A berry happy new year, new friends as well as old. I am grateful for your attention and believe in your talents. Our talents.
Allow me to hug your knees.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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