Monday, January 17, 2011

Neglected but NOT Abandoned

Park Bench Secrets by Etha Walters
First post of the New Year and I of course have many resolutions to achieve in 2011 which included a new commitment to my blogs. 2010 was a tuff year with financial hardships that resulted in having to sell some of my photography equipment just to get by. There was also an assault on my daughter that changed her life and ours. So we were glad to see the promise of change in a new year.

In November, I started working at JC Penny. I am working as a greeter. It is a far cry from my profession and I had to choke down some pride in regards to stereo-types, but I am really glad that I did. The people that I work with are amazing, it is like entering a close nit family and I was a long lost cousin. The customers are awesome too. Every day I talk to someone new and I get something out of every conversation. I get told stories, jokes and people share little pieces of their life with me. I find myself feeling very blessed and inspired, creating photographs in my mind. I can’t wait to get back out on a shoot and put this experience, this inspiration into practice. This job is also flexible allowing me the time to indulge in my photography while I climb out of this financial hole. Soon, I’ll have my bills paid up and I will be able to start buying back what I have lost (a good excuse to upgrade = ) )

I don’t really think about how much easier my life would be without a disability. I have received too many gifts that I would not have without it. I see able-bodied folks struggle every bit as much. Life is a roller-coaster ride regardless. You just have to take the downs with the ups and hang on for the loop-de-loops.
Pictured above is “Park Bench Secrets.” This was taken at Cox Arboretum in Dayton Ohio. I shot it with my trusty Nikon D70 at 160mm, F/5.3, 1/500 sec.
Well that does it for my Neglected but NOT Forgotten post. I will be writing again soon.

Hope all is well in your world!