Dear Me: Day 197

Uploaded 5 Aug 2011 — 1 favorite
Spotlight This! Enter Shoot Out
Login Required

To add items to your favorites you must login.

Already have a JPG account?


Need to create a JPG account?

JPG+ Required

Collections are a JPG+ feature. You must be a JPG+ member to create new collections and to add photos to collections.

Sign up for JPG+ to start using collections now!

© Sarah Philipson
Views 11
Likes 0
Favorites 1
Comments 0
Would you like to also give a props comment to the photographer?
All dislikes require a comment. Please tell us why you do not like this photo.

More of Sarah Philipson’s Photos

  • Dear Me: Day 198
  • Dear Me: Day 197
  • Dear Me: Day 196
  • Dear Me: Day 195
Photo Info
UploadedAugust 5, 2011
TakenJuly 31, 2011
Exposure1.3 sec at f/11
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length27 mm
No categories yet.

Similar photos

  • theory of the unconscious
  • Christmas Project; 'Upcycled' GHETTO Tree
  • Fresh Stop Russell
  • Fresh Stop Russell

Q: how do I search for my name?

A: Do you know?

Photo license: © All rights reserved

Day 197/365. July 3rd, 2011

I talk a lot about being blessed by family and I mean that so sincerely. My family is unusual, and larger in its own way than some people's. I have both an adopted and biological family. I also have a godmother who takes her role very seriously. I have a half-brother, grandparents still spry enough to be active in my life, and in my adopted family I have Aunts and Uncles and Cousins and 2nd cousins and a whole plethora of people who love me even though I'm the only member of our family who doesn't share their blood.

Today, I spent the morning with Kris, my godmother. She was my adopted mom's best friend and when I say she takes the godmother role seriously, I'm not joking. Sometimes, I call her my "Fairy Godmother." We joke that I'm the fairy and she's the godmother. When my adopted mom died, Kris' reaction was, 'Move down here, move in with me." I resisted for two years and stayed in Oregon. 2 years later I moved to Texas (not really on purpose but nonetheless) and a year after that, I finally took her up on her offer. We make excellent housemates. Turns out we have an identical (if not ridiculously quirky) sense of humor.

After seeing a movie, we stopped at Target and were approached on our way out by a woman in a small run-down suv, her 2 kids in the back. She asked about churches in the area that offer assistance programs. Her mother and bother were in a car wreck out in Missouri and she needed gas money to get there to see them before they died. And for most people, it would have been a "no, I'm sorry, i don't know." But 20 minutes later as Kris came back to the car after filling the young woman's gas tank, I was so moved (as I often am) by her presence in the world. She's one person that consistently, constantly thinks of others before she thinks of herself and it's always refreshing to see her kindness in action.

Later in the day, I drove out to my Mom's and spent some quality time with my family. Being with my birth family is such a refreshing, renewing sensation. I swear they're a shot of pure energy for my heart. For 22 years we were apart, but no matter where I was in my life I always felt this draw, this pull to them. And I know it's not like that for all adopted children, but for me.. it was almost as though God spent extra time tying the knots the attached me to them... and every so often he would tug on the line, reminding me that somewhere in the world there were people I didn't even know who Loved me. Who wanted me. And now we live so closely that I can see them whenever I want, or whenever they want. And our relationship is wonderful. They make me laugh, and think and appreciate every minute I get to spend with them.

And as i travel back home after visiting, I feel their arms... their tentacles wrapped around me... keeping me warm and safe and loved until the next time I can go out and see them. My family is an octopus and I never want to escape their clutches. They

No responses

To add your comment, Log in or sign up!

Please Login or Sign Up

You must be logged in to enter photos into JPG Shoot Out contests.
Login or Sign Up