October 4, 2011

Have gratitude for the bridge...

...that carries you over.


I wish I knew to whom I should attribute that sentiment. But it is something I heard at one point and it stuck. This week's theme at Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesdays is "gratitude", and I immediately began thinking of MY bridge. My dad.  I am so grateful I still have both my parents in my life.  Not too many of my friends are so blessed.  These are his hands...my bridge that carried me thru childhood and into adulthood.  He might not know it, but even as a 52 year old woman, he still carries me thru life.  He might not be able to tell me what I should do anymore, but he will always be my moral compass.  If I could, I'd wear a "WWDD" (What Would Dad Do?) bracelet.

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it (something else I heard, once upon a time).  It's a terrible gift to waste.  So Dad, I love ya and I hope you know that I have the sturdiest, most grounded, and most handsome bridge around...thank you!


I've ony been blogging since July, but I am repeating a photo here. This was one of the first I posted.  But when I heard this week's prompt I had to go back and revisit it. Especially considering in the course of only 3 months I have learned sooooo much about photography.  I didn't know what a texture WAS back then.  I hadn't even opened up my PSE9 program yet.   I've come a long way baby.

--Kathy


update:  A shout out to Kim at Picking Poppies for identifying the author of my post title...George Coleman. Thanks Kim!

29 comments:

  1. You are indeed a lucky woman to have both parents still in your life. Love the hands photo and the heart-felt sentiments you shared.

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  2. oh this is so touching! you put into words what have been in my heart about my dear Daddy too! I miss him! Yes he is still my bridge too!

    Thank you for this!

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  3. This is a lovely image as well as the sentiments you expressed. Both my parents are still alive (89 and 91) and I consider I am blessed too.

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  4. You couldn't have said this any better. I love what you've done here!

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  5. Love this post and the image you chose to represent this weeks' 'Gratitude' prompt. I lost my father over 8 years ago and the image of his hands are one of the things that has remained vivid over the years.

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  6. FIRST THANK YOU FOR VISITING MY LITTLE TT POSTING.
    YOU ARE AMAZING, JUST STARTED BLOGGING IN JULY...LEARNING YOUR PROGRAMS AND CAMERA. YOU ARE DEDICATED AND A FAST LEARNER. I THINK YOUR SITE IS REALLY AWESOME. AND I AM SO GLAD I SAW IT TODAY...YOUR POSTING ABOUT YOUR FATHER IS VERY TOUCHING AND HEART FELT. I LOST MY FATHER MANY YEARS AGO...BUT HOPEFULLY HIS LEGACY IS PASSED ON TO OUR CHILDREN WHO HAVE MANY OF HIS FINE QUALITIES. YOU HONOR YOUR FATHER. YOU WERE RAISED AND NURTURED WELL. SO GLAD I HAVE BEEN ENRICHED BY YOUR WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPH.

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  7. Lovely photo and lovely sentiment.
    You did a great job.

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  8. This is the most beautiful photo for so many reasons, I LOVE it and am so glad that you repeated it since I have not seen it.

    "Praise the bridge that carried you over" - George Colman

    I just happened to be looking for gratitude quotes today and wrote this down, what are the chances of that?!

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  9. Kim...that is so ironic! Thanks so much for unveiling fthe author of that quote. I always thought the sentiments were so lovely.

    Kathy

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  10. I love your edit, softly pushing tones down. The hands tells us so much of life, beautiful.
    You really should come to visit Amsterdam, you shoot your eyes out:)

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  11. Oh my, this is just stunning!! And so touching.

    I lost both parents when I was in my late 20's.

    I still miss them dearly...

    Hope your day is blessed♥

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  12. Beautiful post Kathy. Your words were perfect and the image also..The Hands{hit home for me} ....well now I have tears...tears for happy memories, you are blessed to have your Dad still, I am grateful to know I will see mine again.

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  13. I Love, love, love the entire post. Sentiment, image, texture work. Am I rambling? This is me being touched, thank you!

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  14. What a beautiful photo - your texture work only adds to the beauty. You are lucky to have both parents, I lost mine quite a long time ago . . .

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  15. This is such a warm and heart-tugging post, Kathy. I don't have my dad with me anymore, but he was my moral compass too. Lovely words. Thank you. xoxo

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  16. What a wonderful post.. And so heartwarming to hear you speak of your parents that way.. And your photo is amazing..

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  17. Such a moving tribute to your dad; he must be wonderful. That photo is one for the memory bank- outstanding!

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  18. Moving tribute. I lost my Mum a year ago, so time spend with my Dad (89) is very precious.

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  19. Your post expressed a sentiment close to my heart as well. I am blessed to still have my parents to be a bridge for me. Just lovely!

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  20. Your photo speaks volumes! Nice work on the texture and composition.

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  21. What a lovely piece of art!

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  22. hands say so much and these hands tell wonderful stories
    beautiful photo and beautiful words

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  23. Love this shot very touching.

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  24. Oh my...what a beautiful photo!! I love everything about it.

    Hope your day is blessed♥

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  25. Nothing like a Daddy's hands...love this shot!

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  26. Stunning! What a wonderful photo!

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  27. This picture just about brought tears to my eyes. What a blessed lady you are!

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