This is my mother and father-in-law. I took this picture on January 11, 2009. That was about a week or so after he returned from the hospital due to a stroke. I love how this shows how they are still in step after 52 years of marriage. They have a 30 acre country place and he has gardened all his life so that he could share vegetables with all his friends and family. I asked them to walk out in front of me holding hands. He was a bit shaky but determined. As soon as he got out of the hospital, he wanted to walk over 'the old home place'. I am happy to say that it has been one year since his stroke and he is still doing fine.
They were getting ready to go to my dad's 35th High School Reunion party that evening. I thought it would be a good time to catch a picture of them together. This was taken in their front yard. I am happy to say that my parents have now been married 45 years. So, Terry and I have a great example of commitment to marriage from our parents. There are ups and downs in every marriage. It takes determination and a mindset of stick-to-itness sometimes. The payoff is knowing that no matter what, you can count on each other, through good times and bad.
Terry and I went to LSU Rural Life Museum on his birthday. As we were exiting the grounds, he was curious about a Tree Learning Trail. We parked and found that a nature trail was marked off to educate you about the tree species that are on the path.
At the start of the trail, there are a couple of wood log benches. I wanted to get a picture of us together. So, I set the timer on the camera, and placed camera on the far bench. I didn't realize that the focus point was off but, guess what?...it's one and done with Terry. He didn't stick around to do a million trial and error shots. I'm lucky to get this one. It's cool. I kinda like it in an abstract way. After this picture, he went off on a 3 mile trail hike and I told him that I would hang out on the benches. I told him that I wanted to rest my back. I did rest my back for approximately 2 minutes. And, then I had an idea....
Day 22 of 365, taken on Jan. 28, 2010
Here, I am checking the view from the camera's perspective. Can you see the wheels turning in my mind?... This was just before the crazy jumping off the bench escapade! (as seen in 'Free to be!')