The Meaning of Relationships

Recently, a tragic accident occurred in the life of a little girl I know. Her and her father were in a car accident. The dad lost his life and she was rushed to the hospital.

This girl’s accident made think of my dad, mom and siblings. What was the last thing I said to each one of them? It also occurred to me that I don’t always recognize how much someone’s presence in my life really means to me.

It is so easy to hold grudges or be angry with  loved ones. But all for what? To waste negative energy?

The positive relationships in our lives  help form who we are as people. They also help support us throughout life.  Just like the little girl’s dad did with her. I believe that relationships are essential to the human core. We create connections and break connections with people everyday but we shouldn’t take the most important relationship for granted.

Sisters

My sisters and I. We are inseparable.

Treasure those who love support you without hesitation. Embrace their love and give it back.

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Memories and Photography

I recently came across pictures I took from  my high school photography class. I was surprised that some of the photos I had taken were actually decent shots.

I took the photography class my freshman year in high school.  For class projects I captured many photos of my family and friends and took lots of pictures with my supposedly love-of-my-life sophomore boyfriend.

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I shot and edited these photos above of my seven year old sister drawing with chalk.  This was a regular activity she loved to do.  She is  now 12 years old and enjoys drawing and painting.

Mom and Sister

This photo is of my mom and my 9 year old sister.  This photo reflecets my mom’s nurturing and loving nature.

Hands

This photo is of mine and my boyfriend’s hands.  One can only guess why I took this picture! Oh, puppy love.

These pictures remind me of my life from my freshman year in high school.  I didn’t take away many technical details on photography from my photography class, but realized that I love taking photos to document life experiences.  When I look at a photo of a memory from years past, it brings back the feelings and emotions I felt in that moment.  It’s a magical thing.

The Love of Langauge and Words

I enjoy playing with words. While I cook I use Magnetic Poetry, the tiny word magnets used on refrigerators, to create sentences, phrases and poetry.

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Mostly, I enjoy learning new languages. I am in the process of improving my Spanish fluency.

I could sit and study the Spanish language for hours. The words role of the tongue like a lullaby.  But mimicking the accent is too difficult.

I have realized that I can, at times, express myself better in Spanish. For example, the word love in Englsih holds different meanings. People say they love a lot of things, and sometimes the term is only meant to describe a strong liking for a certain person or thing. And who wants to actually say, “I strongly like you.” Weird…

But in Spanish there are many verbs used to clarify the how much one likes or loves a person or thing:

• Agradar (to like it ok)
• Gustar (to like)
• Interesar (to have interest)
• Importar (to have importance)
• Encantar  (to be enchanted)
• Fascinar (to be fasinated )
• Querer (to care for or to want)
• Amar  (to love)

(Note: the verb amar is only used if one truly loves or is passionate about someone or something.  It’s not a commonly used word like love. )

There are thousands words and phrases within a language that can be used to express oneself in writing and conversation. Studying two or more languages also enables one to communicate with others and experience a distinct and separate culture outside of one’s own.