This is day three of my five day challenge. Today I write about the light poles that are older than me. They are older than our house even. Can you imagine the things these lights have been witness to? Sadly I know they have witnessed death but they have also been witness to new babies as well. We brought two of our very own babies here to this house where we walk past and under this tall light. We have relied on this light year after year to provide us with a little security, the way lights tend to do. I have admired its beauty for a time now. I took pictures a few years back and I took some recently as they placed the new light pole next to the old. There is nothing better than the old. This light surely could have provided us with many more years of light, yet it was number tens time to be replaced and honestly this makes me a little sad. Today however I was home when the man was taking off the pretty shells at the base of our beautiful, tall and eloquent light and I was nervous because I’m really, really very shy. But I didn’t want to regret not asking him. So I walked out my front door and said “excuse me, are you allowed to give the corners of the light away?” He said “you mean the shells?” me, nodding, smiling and responding with an excited “yes” He dug them out of his bucket, said they were from this very light, none broken. They are heavy and pretty and I’m so glad I mustered up that little bit of courage to ask. I’m not sure what I will do with them but I have a piece of history and I will enjoy the light the new fixture provides but as Holly recently shared in issue no. 3 of Bella Grace, “so I have committed myself to releasing more belongings while honoring their memory by capturing them with my camera” Her words meant so much to me because I HOLD on tight to things. I love the idea of honoring them with photographs. So I have done just that with our lovely lamp post. It’s a 1950’s version so it’s not quite as cute and quaint as some but it suits our housing track well, it fit right in.
I have been invited by basildonkitchens aka Connie my cosmic twin to the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. I discovered Connie’s beautiful blog when I was on wordpress and noticed right off the bat we had some things in common. I admire her talent for making gorgeous quilts, her love of the sea and of course Mr. Sock Monkey, he gets me every time. When I want to get away and look at beautiful things, I come visit Connie. She keeps herself busy with a photo a day challenge she faithfully participates in with fat mum slim.
Today I challenge my friend CathIE with an IE. She is my Aussie friend whom I completley adore, she calls me chick-a-dee and I always giggle when I read it, she is so ultra talented in her photography skills and takes the most precious pictures of her two gifts. I can tell she loves them with all her heart and soul. She also supports me in whatever I do, always cheering me on. I will always be grateful for our far-away friendship.