Saying Goodbye…

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Well goodbye, adios, adieu, 2013.  Loved parts of you, hated parts of you and now we’ll only look back for a second and just, as the Panthers say, “Keep Pounding”!

 

I have mixed emotions about 2013.  It started out as a new adventure with David and I moving to Dublin Georgia in February, my mom getting sick and passing in August, becoming caretaker to my 95 year old aunt with dementia, three major events that changed life as I knew it.

 

The move to Dublin (if you’ve read my blog post) was eye opening in many ways.  I left my family, myfriends, and all that is familiar and moved to a quaint and unhurried way of life full of some surprises.

 

I soon found out that Middle Georgia offered a plethora of opportunities to feed my love of abandoned places and Remy, my wire fox terrier,  and I did our fair share of wondering the back roads of Laurens County.  I also had some great road trips from Hawley, Allentown and Philadelphia PA with Jan Baucom, to Cataloochee Valley, NC, Cades Cove, TN, Kite, Swainsboro, Wrightsville GA with Maxine Gordon, as well as most of Middle Georgia with Remy and David.  I hope you will go to the archives of post to read about some of my finds.

 

I also met some great people who welcomed us into their lives and homes and for that I am grateful.  Mike and Cheryl Brooks and Diane Clarke thank you for making us feel at home.  My time in Dublin was cut short just as I was getting to finally find some kindred souls when my mom became ill and I had to return home.

 

Loosing a parent is one of the most surreal moments in one’s life.  When the people who birthed you, nurtured you and gave you the life you know becomes ill, you feel helpless to care for them as they always cared for you.  Suddenly time rushes at you like an out of control train, one minute you feel like everything is in slow motion like Keanu Reeves dodging bullets in The Matrix, and the next like riding one of those bullet trains in Japan reaching speeds that seem unfathomable.  My mother was a strong and healthy woman that walked 2 miles everyday until 6 weeks before she died.  My sisters and I all have different parts of her personality in us and now that she is gone those are the pieces that will remind us of who she was and the impact she had on our lives.

 

Being a caretaker for my 95 year old Aunt Helen with dementia is proving to be the most monumental challenge I have.  I am learning a lot about this debilitating disease and my heart goes out to those that have family members that are suffering with it.  I have come a long way in this process and am finally getting a handle on it to help me and my Aunt Helen.

 

I have always been a “living in the moment” kind of person.  My mom and dad used to get so aggravated with me about it because they were planners of the future.  They had planned on doing so much after retirement but sadly my dad passed away before any of that was fulfilled.  Shortly after my dad died my mom looked at me one day and said “Terie, I think you might have had it right all along.  Dad and I planned to travel and do so many things, but now he’s gone and we didn’t get to enjoy any of our retirement plans together.”  After that anytime my sisters or I would be on the fence about doing something that we could put off until later, she would say, “Do it now while you can, don’t wait and regret your decision.”

 

So 2014 I’m ready for you and all you bring to my plate.  Hopefully I will eat all the portions and savor each one, even the ones that taste bad.  I know without a shadow of a doubt that there is a greater master plan for my life than I could ever dream for myself.  If I didn’t believe that, I could never believe that a boy from Texas would find his way to my street and 6 months later become the best husband, friend, lover and cheerleader I could have ever imagined.

 

To my husband David, thank you for another great year of always being there for me and your constant and unwavering support.  Even though we faced some major challenges the one thing I could always count on was you.  I love ya babe!  Here’s to great things in 2014.

 

To all my photog buddies, I can’t wait to experience all the new photography opportunities we will have in the coming year and hopefully I can share some of those together with you.

 

To those of you that have viewed my work, read my blog and continue to support my vision, thank you.  You may not realize how a simple comment or “Like” means to me, but before this year ends I want you to know how much I appreciate you and the time you spend here with me.

 

So…2014  I’m another year older and wiser with a few more scars and scrapes but I’m here and raring to go.

 

Are you ready?

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