Yesterday was, officially, the first day of summer.
It was also the last day school was in session for my youngest son.
He needed to leave the house at 7 a.m. for his Spanish final exam. (His last final before summer break.)
I needed to leave the house at 9:30 a.m. to pick him up afterwards. (In case you're wondering, his exam schedule gave me enough time to take a shower, shampoo, and do a few chores before leaving to pick him up.) We went out to breakfast to celebrate a good school year, and then he was off to a beach party with friends.
Of course, I had to drive him to the beach party.
(For some strange reason, I was not invited to stay. Such a shame! It was a beautiful day at the beach. I don't know why a 16 year old boy would not want his mom lurking around a teen party with her telephoto lens?)
In fact, all I did yesterday was drive, drive, drive.
And I was eager for summer to arrive?
How quickly we moms forget …!
There were other signs of summer yesterday too.
Summer has officially arrived.
In an effort to start the summer off right, I took my camera into a Canon service center yesterday for a professional cleaning. It was way overdue. I wanted to make sure the sensor was spotless (dustless?) before our Hawaii vacation in a few weeks.
You know what they told me?
I've, so far, taken almost 30,000 photos with my "new" camera. (They "read" the shutter and it's so smart, it tells them.)
The one armed, bionic woman!
(Speaking of, yesterday someone googled "one-armed photographer" and Google sent them to me. Isn't that very smart of Google?)
The thought of taking thirty thousand photos is staggering.
And at the same time, quite a feat.
It made me think back to when Medical Professionals told me I would never be able to hold a full size camera again. It brought back memories of their insistence I give up my passion.
In fact, in their minds it wasn't even up for debate …
Photography was an impossibility for me.
It's almost been five years since the accident, and I've taken 30,000 photos in the last year and a half.
I wonder how many more I will take just this summer?
I feel oddly proud.
And so very … accomplished.
I feel like I've defied the odds.
Take THAT Medical Professionals!
It has been a fight every step of the way, but so worth it.
Thirty thousand photos and counting …
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