10.15.11 “Down the Stretch They Come”
He had been battling health issues for a while, but somehow always emerged strong in the end. Throughout the last week however, it seemed he made the final turn toward the finish line.
I had the chance today to go visit with him in the hospital and spend a good deal of time to say my goodbyes, something I never actually had the opportunity to do before. And while my mind was a bit preoccupied to even think about photography at a time like this, I knew I still had a commitment to myself with this project. So to ensure I stuck with it, I had to cheat a bit.
Today’s photo is actually one that I took many years ago. Composition wise, its horrible. Nothing about it is creative. It’s just a snapshot. But it holds a deep meaning. For one thing my Grandfather loved was horse racing. He made it a point to teach all the grandsons in the family about it. I spent many a time with him at this track where the photo was taken, and I wanted it to serve as a reminder of just one, of the many memories I had with him.
Just how much longer until he reaches the finish line? That we don’t know. But I was able to meet him heading out of that final turn to let him know how much I loved him, and to give it his all until the very end.
This entry was posted on October 16, 2011 by vision365photo. It was filed under Uncategorized and was tagged with death, grandfather, grandparent, horse racing, last days, love, photography, remember, santa anita, saying goodbye.
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