A Sad Time and Hope for the Future

This is certainly an uncertain time for everyone and I am so thankful for a close family, a wide circle of great friends and wonderful clients. This has been an especially difficult time for me as I lost my mom and my life long best friend at the same time. In an unusually cruel twist, my mom's funeral and my best friends viewing were at the same time. Mom was still very active and about to turn 88 in May and was not ill nor in declining health, her heart just stopped. Luckily I had just visited her with my children. We had pizza on the outdoor patio, laughed, drank a little wine and made sure to do some chores around her house. We said our "goodbye's" and "I love you's" and that was that. Mom was an elegant and classy woman, a cross between Miss Manners, Emily Post and Jacqueline Onassis. She had an amazing career and was a key figure in Indianapolis' rebirth in the 70's, 80's and 90's. Her burial was just family only and it was a beautiful sunny day. After a gathering at her house I went to the funeral home to say my goodbyes to Pat Kennedy, my best friend since childhood. Pat succumbed to the COVID virus on Easter morning. The viewing was for family only, which I was a part of. Pat was the 4th generation owner of his families steel corporations that his great grandfather started in the 1800's. He was a civic leader and a major figure at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and we worked together publishing 2 books about the 500 mile race. I will miss them both terribly and when we all come out on the other side of this it is my hope that will will all be a little kinder to each other. I have already started receiving calls from my clients looking to book sessions and although I am always behind the camera, I can't wait to see my customers in front of it.

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