Those words, “the press always has their camera” are words my grandfather said to me on many occasions. They are words that will continue on with me thru the rest of my life. I remember a few years ago asking him what exactly he meant when he said that to me and he said “the press’s job is to capture experiences and they always need their camera”. My grandfather worked for many years as a a Camera man for ABC and so he was the press behind the camera capturing the experience to share with others.
For me I am the “press” for my children, It is my job to make sure that while they are young I capture the memories and I share them with my children later when they don’t remember them other then the pictures they have. I am the press that will later in life tell my kids about what they did as children (because none of us remember all of our life at 9 years old exactly). There was never a time that I did not see a camera in my grandfather’s hand and as a kid I didn’t understand it but now I do and I am thankful for the life lesson he taught me and that now I can take a ton of pictures thanks to technology.
His words of wisdom also pour into my work, my blogging. When I am on a press trip or doing a review it is my job to share with all of you the experience, give you a look into things you otherwise wouldn’t see and things that I am thankful to be able to give you all a look into. But his words still ring true loud and clear, “the press always has their camera”, because on those trips I never know who I might see or meet and without my camera I wouldn’t be able to bring you, my readers an inside look.
Today marks one year since my Papa went home to heaven, a year of rough firsts from not seeing his signature on my birthday card (which I am very thankful my grandmother is still here and hers was there) to the hardest time of going to our family reunion, the first family reunion in 25 years (it was our 25th annual one this year) that he was not there. But I know he was there with us because during the water gun fight (where all the kids and some of the adults soak each other) it started to rain. It was like his way of saying that he won and got us all with the rain as his giant water gun.
Today marks it as a second year beginning without him here. It marks a day that my family made it through together, being strong for one another during the hardest thing our family has dealt with (on my mom’s side, he was my mom’s dad) and we have all come out strong together and have been there for one another during this tough year of firsts.
And to Papa, it has been a year. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of you. Your words of wisdom I use daily in my life and I am so thankful that my kids all know who you are and talk about you often. I couldn’t have asked for a better grandfather to give me words of wisdom. I Love you.