About two and a half years ago, my sisters and I were spit-balling ideas for our parents for Christmas. They are often difficult to buy for, especially since they didn’t need more “stuff”. And then I got an idea: pictures. We hadn’t done any kind of family portraits with all five of us since…our Olan Mills days? And we for sure hadn’t had Josh in any with us. Good photography
can beis expensive. It’s one of those things that I think you really do need to splurge for, if you want a good end result.
I wracked my brain, how were we going to pay for photos? Even with all four of us kids pitching in, I wasn’t sure we’d get the effect we wanted. Until I thought of Chelsea.
Chelsea and I attended OWU at the same time I did, she was a freshman when I was a senior. The funny thing, I think, is that I actually met her mother and brother before I actually met her. See, I was working as an intern in the Admissions Office at the time, and I helped at an event in Indy that OWU was hosting. And her brother was there as a “prospective student”. To be candid, he wasn’t ever seriously considering our school, but it was free food and it helped the event to have a current student’s parent present for questions. Chelsea’s mother was quick to learn that I had a car on campus and set up our first meeting–carpooling home for…Thanksgiving break (right, Chels?)
We were quick friends based on our love of Starbucks, good music, and unbelievable abilities to hold an endless conversation with a seemingly complete stranger. What more could you want? That year I gave Chelsea many rides home, and the following year as well as I returned to OWU to fill a temporary position in the Admissions Office.
She has been one of my closest friends here in Indy. Someone close geographically that understands my longing for HamboInn and Amato’s. And at Christmas time two years ago she was a Godsend. Chelsea has her BFA and is a professional Art Therapist, and she is super talented in many of the arts. But one of my favorites is her photography. So she agreed and trekked with us to Nashville, IN and took photo after photo of the 6 of us. I will forever be grateful for this kindness and the resulting memories in my mind, my heart, and captured in print.
They offer me of tiny glimpses of silliness, joy, togetherness, and love. And those moments are so dear.