I won’t go into specifics, but my big sister Lea had a bit of a rough week. We’re nearing her fifth re-birthday since her bone marrow transplant in 2007. She is a heck of a lot better off then she was 5 years ago, but like all of us, there are setbacks and times that feel harder than usual. This is one of those times. I had a pretty crappy week as well: but I didn’t have to deal with my veins collapsing, blood transfusions, health insurance bullshit nor nasty medical procedures like Lea did. So I thought we could all use a little dose of stupid, perfect joy to kickoff our weekend.
Life is all about perspective I guess. A good friend of mine shattered his scapula by coming off his bike going 50 miles per hour down a steep Los Angeles canyon… which will now mean he’s cooped up for a few months while his busted wing heals. I wish I could help the people I care about more. I hate to see the suffering, and I KNOW that people I care about are suffering… so before leaving work tonight, I thought I’d post a few quick photos I made of Lea’s (awesome) son Henry.
There is nothing remarkable about these images… other than the simple joy and awe of being a kid at play. When I saw Henry dressed up in his Fireman’s outfit, I somehow convinced my sister into letting him play with the hose, and then (there is always a then) letting us turn the hose on him. It was so fun. It was so stupid and pointless and perfect.
So I’m sharing these photos now with the hope that my sister sees these, and for a few moments will be lost in the joy of that day. Who knows… maybe someone else will see these and be reminded (as I was) of all the simple, silly, wonderful moments of life that make it all worthwhile. Have a great weekend everyone!***
*** And to all our friends who will never leave us alone with their children now that they see what “creative” and “fun” babysitters Malia and I are: no children were harmed in these making of these photos.