‘A picture’s worth a thousand words but you can’t see what those shades of gray keep covered. You should’ve seen it in color’ -from the song In Color by Jamey Johnson
My best friend Alejandra and I have known each other since we met in 2nd grade. That friendship continued all through our school years and our high school graduation. Once we were out of school I went on to my civil service career while she went on to marry and have three babies. Like many do, we lost touch over the years while both of us went on to live our lives. Last year at our high school reunion we reconnected and it was like we’ve never been apart. We’ve both had our ups and downs over the years, both of us losing our siblings to cancer and now, my sweet friend is fighting cancer of her own and fight it, she does. She fights it by choosing to live. She lives by travelling to the most exotic places and seeing the most amazing things. She lives by choosing to only drink wine from the cutest wine glasses she can find (as seen in the photo above). She lives by laughing her infectious laughter, a lot. She lives by spending quality time with her girlfriends, making us her famous Mickey Mouse waffles for a late night snack after a full night full of laughter and good times together. Recently we went away for a much needed weekend at a beach house with four other high school girlfriends. Some of us were discussing the pitfalls of getting older from bad knees to poor eye sight to menopause. Suddenly, Alejandra began laughing hysterically. At the quizzical look on our faces, she said, “You’re all falling apart and I’m the one with cancer!!!”, which then threw all of us into fits of hysterical laughter right along with her. Not only is she living her life to the fullest, she’s living it in color. How awesome that I get to photograph her colorful life. How awesome that she’s my friend.
Today, show us with your photos how you’re living your life in color.
Shutter Sisters is honored to help promote the America Cancer Society’s More Birthdays Campaign. They want to see your artistic expression that is inspired by the lifesaving work of the American Cancer Society. Submit your photos, art and/or music, spread the word, and vote for your favorites – you choose the winners and who gets the big prizes! There’s even a “cool categories” contest hosted by Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom fame that our own Tracey Clark is helping to judge. How serendipitious that this month’s word for our OWP is Life. Life = More Birthdays!