Every now and then I run across an image posted on Facebook that leaves me speechless. Sometimes it's the technique involved. Sometimes it's the location or degree of difficulty in capturing the image. The image below is about the true meaning of photography - it's about emotion, love and a certain sadness that's explained in Tamara Lackey's comments.
I wanted to share it for several reasons. First, it's an amazing image, captured by Tamara's daughter while in Ethiopia at an orphanage. Second, it's a great way to make you aware of a special fund-raiser Tamara and her family are doing. Last but not least, I couldn't be more proud of my friendship with Tamara. We all talk about wanting to make a difference in the world, but here's a family who's really doing it.
There's also something amazing about the image. Love is intangible, yet her daughter managed to capture all the emotion between a mother and son. Looking at the image you feel the love, the pain and even the hope.
Tamara and her family are raising money to safeguard this orphanage and while she might be over her goal, let's help her blow the doors off her original target. It's not like this is the only funding these children will need. Just click the link below.
My oldest daughter took this candid shot of me and our 5 1/2 year old son, who we have spent every day with while we've been here for the last two weeks, much time spent around meals and wash up and managing projects and outings and practicing English and play. And a whole lot of time spent just like this : )
I was taken aback when she showed me this. It exactly, perfectly, shows how I feel for him.
The fact that it has been over 13 months since we started this adoption process, the fact that we are all closer to him than ever before, and the fact that we must leave this country *without* him - at least for now - just does not add up in any way for any of us. It feels incredible unnatural, frustrating and so very sad. I know there are optimistic views about all of this that I will make an effort to move to, for the sake of all of us, soon.
But, for right now, the thought of having to leave him here just feels all kinds of wrong.