Feb 16 2008

Significance of My Picture

Published by at 3:03 PM under General

I wasn’t too thrilled at first, when I saw that Rick had chosen my photo to replace the header for our family Blog. I won’t even go into his comment that he needed a wide photo, too many puns! I immediately began searching out a photo of Cory or at least one of me with make-up on! But none were as good as this one, and I could not understand why until I examined this photo more closely, and it was not until I stopped being so self-critical and really looked at the picture that I knew exactly when this picture was taken (without even looking at the photo log). When I told Rick, he was certain it was from our first trip years earlier, but when he checked he learned that I had been dead on. Here is the wonderful story behind the photo:

 

You may recall the original header was of San Francisco, our favorite city, where Rick and I took our first vacation together in September 2000, when he proposed. So when we returned there in January 2003 for MacExpo we were excited, even bought a new Mac iBook for the event, and drove there in my Acura, much to the detriment of my back. We arrived at our small room, which reeked of smoke, and immediately ventured to the corner liquor store, where we bought enough alcohol to get us through the week and a room deodorizer spray that, thankfully, worked amazingly well, and I sank into the ancient but rather deep bathtub. We were not deterred as we settled in for a week of walking, information gathering and purchasing. We walked the expo by day and the city by night. The world was our oyster and we were intoxicated! By the end of the Expo we were ready to head home and get to work. We had Big Plans for Gardner Graphics!

 

This photo was taken on our last day. We had checked out of our room and headed to the wharf, and were riding on some of the oldest trolley cars on tracks in San Francisco, which I was standing in and you can see the wooden window frames on either side of me. But what makes this photo special is the twinkle in my eyes… Cory had been conceived just a couple of nights earlier, unbeknownst to either Rick or myself. Though we sensed something momentous had occurred! So that smile has a whole new meaning for me now. And the photo? It is the first picture I have seen of myself in years that I now truly Love! Why? Because of Cory, yes, but also because it reminds me how much my husband has always loved me for who I am on the inside, that every time he looks at me he sees beauty, and it shows just how much fun we have together!

 

Thank you Rick for giving me so much with such a simple gesture.
This was the best Valentine’s Day present ever, I Love You!

5 responses so far

5 Responses to “Significance of My Picture”

  1. Sonjaon 16 Feb 2008 at 3:07 PM

    You’re a great-looking broad. Yet you remain humble, not vain. My kind of friend!!

  2. Sonjaon 16 Feb 2008 at 3:09 PM

    P.S. That little twinkle in your eye is growing up to become a force of nature. Is he reading Tolstoy yet?

  3. Candace Gardneron 16 Feb 2008 at 3:21 PM

    I have been having so much trouble getting this Blog to look right that I discovered it was easier to publish it and then fix it ~ little did I know Sonja was here reading it while I was working on it…

    Imagine my surprise when I finally finished it and noticed it had 2 responses already!

    Cory is writing his own masterpieces these days!

  4. Rickon 16 Feb 2008 at 4:10 PM

    I am so happy to see that picture each time I visit. It just makes me happy. My Snookums, and I’m the blog administrator. Yeah that’s the ticket.
    A special place and time.

  5. Shirleyon 29 Feb 2008 at 2:11 PM

    That is a beautiful picture and a beautiful story. I love it!

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