Covering Ground

Jul 12, 2013 by

Covering Ground

I’m not a photographer.  I’m not.  Not even using instagram and all of its fancy lenses do I get the false hope that photography might be something I’m good at.  My shortcomings in perspective, focus, scale and all of those others terms that I’m only vaguely familiar are readily apparent with a quick perusal of my photo gallery on my iPhone.  (That is a problem in and of itself, don’t you think?  That our phones also serve as our cameras?) I know real photographers, I am not one.

In spite of my self-aware ineptitude, I still love taking pictures.  I always have. Admittedly, the advent of selfies has been a dream come true for a narcissist like me.

This good hair day had to be documented by someone ...

This good hair day had to be documented by someone …

While I love myself, I am not my favorite subject, my family is.  I love taking pictures of Marc and the boys.  I remember back in the day those old disposable phones piling up in my junk drawer and me excitedly and finally taking them to Walgreens or Target to be developed.  So much time had passed between the picture taking and the picture making that I could hardly wait to see what was on them.  Invariably, they were almost always exclusively filled with pictures of Marc, Ry and/or Cole in various Marc, Ry and/or Cole poses in varying Marc, Ry and/or Cole settings.

Through the years, I’ve come to discover my favorite Marc, Ry and/or Cole pose.  It’s this one:

Marc, Ry and/or Cole ...walking together.

Marc, Ry and/or Cole …walking together.

Honestly. I must have a million and one pictures of them in different stages, ages, places, and phases, walking. Together. There’s just something about it that feels wonderful to me.  Strong. Purposeful. Together. Moving. Forward.

When I’m lucky enough to see them like this, I’m reminded of how far we’ve come as a family, and encouraged at the possibility of how much farther still we might go.  We’ve covered ground, the four of us. Some of it on unsure footing and over rocky, barren land. Some so green and plush, we’ve run barefooted.  Either way, we’ve managed to somehow keep on moving. Side-by-side or sometimes led (or dragged) by one or the other. Forward. Onward.

I’m feeling rather stuck in certain areas of my life right now.  I’m working through a stagnation that has me perplexed. And now, I’m looking at this picture—inspired, to keep moving, one step at a time.

Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.


Peace and Blessings,

Nicole Y. Walters

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    Beautiful! One of my favorite pictures taken years ago of the back of Ryan and Cole walking after one of Cole’s games. They are both in their uniforms and The big brother talking to the little one. Love it!

    Sorry that you are in a stagnant stage right now. Hope that passes soon. You are incredibly talented in so many things. Beyond that you are love and admired by all that know you. You have accomplished things that host of us can only dream of.

    Love you and hope your neck and back are better today.


    Sent from my iPad

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