Let’s see, how long have I known Kira…let us count the years. Well, I’d count the years, but that would require remembering and counting, both of which I’m not always great at. Suffice it to say, it’s been something like forever and a day, way before I ever even thought about moving to Colorado. Looooong time. You get it, right? We are both writers and we met in an online writing group. That’s where I’ve met most of the
strange awesome people I know.
Anyway, so. In the almost 8 years I’ve lived here, I’m managed to visit with Kira a whole sum total of one time. Because life, it’s busy for both of us! You’d think a silly little thing like two hours wouldn’t have kept us away, but alas, you’d be wrong.
So now, here she is with a senior in high school and she was in need of senior photos and she totally thought of me! She’s a pretty smart cookie, if you ask me (and we all say, “Mmmmm…cookies!”).
In Colorado, there’s often a lot of rescheduling due to weather. Our first scheduled date was freakin’-finelli-freezin’, so we moved it, and then it all worked out perfectly. Ish.
Turns out, guess who doesn’t like to have her picture taken. Kira. Nice. Guess who is beautiful anyway. Kira. Yup! So there.
But first — chickens. Because chickens!
Now, you see, when you say, “Hey, let’s loosen up a bit. Go ahead and act like you like each other,” this happens. Notice, if you will, that the four-year-old (my best friend) is the ONLY one who is staying serious. I mean, really. How often does THAT happen?
And there were total outtake moments like this –
But through it all, we did eventually get one good family shot.
I think it’s sad that this family isn’t good looking at all. My job was hard…so so so hard.
And, of course, the main point of the session — the Class of 2014 shots!
There came a point, which shall henceforth be known as “The End,” when Kira said, “Hey, so I know I paid you to drive all the way out here and take pictures, but can we be done now?” Friends these days, amiright?
So, we were done, and then we ditched the kids and left her husband in charge of dinner stuff, and she and I hit the road. For a long walk, that is. Because we? Had mommy stuff to discuss! And now this is where I will push Kira’s blog on you, because if you want to read good writing that almost makes you want to quit writing yourself because you simply can’t compete, you should go to there. Now. Or…in a bit. She is talented and funny and can move you from laughter to tears in a matter of sentences, so be forewarned.
Also, be forewarned that she doesn’t blog often enough to suit my tastes. But having spent a few hours with the Martins, I understand. In the middle of dinner, I leaned across the table and said, “Now, tell me again. Why don’t you have time to blog more?” All around us, there was chatter and laughter, and it was just such a warm and welcoming atmosphere, but also, very busy. I imagine it’s hard to capture all the wonder that is constantly bouncing around.
All in all, such a wonderful day. We should probably do it again soon.
Oh yeah, and one last shot of me and Kira, taken by her awesome son, Max. We’ll both have to look upon this photo often, to remind each other that in at least 5 or so more years, we’ll see each other again.
I truly had the best time, so I thank you for welcoming me, playing with me, and for all the laughs.
Oh, and just so you see how solid my new best-friendship-ness is with the four-year-old, she made me these awesome gifts. Only the best of best friends do that!
(Cubby Jake, an origami dog.)
(That tall one is ME. Because I’m tall. Compared to a four-year-old. And yes, the picture is on my fridge. Because it’s awesome!)
In case you missed the 52 times I linked it above, here is Kira’s awesome blog: KiWords. You go now!