I was reminded of a lot of things in November. These included what it was like to hear rain on the roof, what news writing is all about and a promise I made in January to my boys and a friend.
The change of scene in my work place also herald a change in the outside weather, at least I remember it that way. We had storms which provided me with photo opportunities I hadn’t had since getting my new camera. I love a good rain storm and the challenge of capturing lightning strike images.
I’m not a storm chaser but the storm that was the start of things to come rolled in when I was waiting to pick up one of my sons after work. I’ve never stared down a rolling beast like it with a camera before and although it tested my nerves the dash I made to protect the car from hail damage got the blood pumping. Good times and very invigorating.
November is also the month the Relay for Life is held to raise money for cancer research. I’ve participated twice in this event while my best friend was fighting the hard fight but I have never attended the evening remembrance service. I couldn’t bring myself to relay this year, it seemed futile, however I made a promise to myself that I would attend the candle light service at the relay field after saying goodbye to my friend for the last time.
Attending was harder than I thought it would be but luckily my boys came with me to also remember their Aunt Daphne. I was going well until my youngest gave me a cuddle, then I fell apart. I miss not being able to talk to my friend and I guess I still had/have a few more tears to shed. The service was beautiful however and I wasn’t alone in my outpouring of grief.