Everyone has a bucket list. It might not be super formal, but everyone has a list of things that they want to do or accomplish. In July 2014, I was able to check something off my bucket list. I did a photoshoot in the sky.
I met Kyle stage managing a theatre project called The Car Plays: San Diego at La Jolla Playhouse. He was one of the actors, and we quickly became friends... we both have a serious love for chocolate chip cookies. Anywho, Kyle is also a pilot. He invited me to join him for a day trip to Temecula. Of course, I couldn't pass up this offer. We met up at the McClellan-Palomar Airport. He showed me all the gizmos and gadgets of the plane, both inside and outside. The plane was small, but it was a beauty. This was the first time that I sat at the front of a plane. He put a headset on me and explained that we'd only be able to hear each of talking if we had these on. Boy, was he right. It's so loud once the propellors start going. We headed towards the runway and off we went. Up, up, up into the sky!
Thanks, Kyle (aka Cookie Buddy), for the fun adventure. It's surely one that I'll never forget.
This is Esmé. She is a sweet girl, whom I had the great opportunity to baby-sit. After eating her turkey sandwich, she spotted a small pile of branches that had fallen off one of the large pine trees near us. She quickly ran over to pick them up and immediately saw them to be elephants. She ran back over saying, "This is the mama elephant and the baby elephant. He has friends too, like me, Esmé." She then ran a few feet and dove into a world of her own. As she played with her elephant friends, I was snapping away. She realized that I wasn't engaging in her world of elephants, gazelles, and hippos but documenting the moment. She turned her head to me and said, "Please put down that thing and be an elephant. My friends don't like your camera." So, I did.
In the week leading up to baby-sitting, I was going through a rough patch. I was bogged down on what I needed to accomplish in my new "adult life." My to-do list seemed to be endless. It was refreshing to revisit a world where there are no cares but to make yourself happy with a creative mind... and maybe a few elephants. Thank you, Esmé, for reminding me to be young, curious, and imaginative again.
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