I’ve had a rough couple weeks. Changes in weather causing the current extreme heat have wreaked havoc with my PHN, so severe pain flare-ups have been frequent and awful. On Wednesday afternoon, I was curled around an ice pack (the only thing that helps numb the pain somewhat) when the doorbell rang. Muttering a string of curse words that would make a drunken sailor proud, I headed downstairs to see who had disturbed me from my comfy zone. It was my friendly UPS driver with a package from someplace in Massachusetts.
When I got back to my little home and opened the package, I was greeted with a slick black box with an envelope taped to the top. I saw the word “REBEL” in that telltale writing and started to tremble. What the hell? Did my cats go on an online shopping spree while I was asleep? Was there an evil invoice in that envelope for one of those faux “You’ve WON! (Now send us $19704361.98)” scams? Was that reeeeeally a Canon Rebel???
Needless to say, I wasn’t expecting that. Not the camera, not the mysterious envelope, not the incredibly sweet note on the inside, all typed up and unsigned, taped onto a card, probably so I wouldn’t be able to recognize handwriting, though I know absolutely no one in Tewksbury, MA (Boston, yes, but Tewksbury? I’m not even sure if that’s near Beantown or not).
What in the world would possess a complete stranger to do this for another stranger? Basic human kindness and an enormous capacity to give to others is all I can come up with right now. Two days later, my jaw has still not completely reset itself from having come unhinged when I opened that box.
So far, no one’s answered my call for action to let me know who my camera fairy godmother/father is (though I have received a few messages from folks who said they’ve wanted to do something similar, and that’s just as overwhelming & touching; really, you guys choke me up with your kindness). I still have my suspicions that it could be an East Coast friend that doesn’t want to ‘fess up, but maybe it actually was a stranger who sent this.
But maybe that’s how they want it. Some people give for the joy of giving and never want anything in return – which is how giving should go (a lot of people seem to forget that nowadays). My benefactor is obviously that kind of person. Regardless, I could never have imagined a gift such as this, especially while I go through this book-writing journey in which I’m also the photographer.
I have a lot of studying to do, of course, since I’ve never taken a photography class and have never owned an SLR camera until now. But I’m confident that through continued practice, I will grasp how to use this puppy to its full potential. For now, here are some of the shots I’ve taken as I get to know this new baby of mine…
To “A PGEW Fan”: Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this incredible gift and gesture. You have no idea what you’ve done for me and my site. And since I’ll probably never know who you are, I will simply show you my gratitude in awesome photo form. I still have a long way to go to get there, but you’ve just given me a huge boost in the right direction.
Stay tuned for a brand new, dad-friendly recipe this weekend, just in time for Father’s Day! We’ll see if I’m brave enough to shoot it with this new camera. If not, I promise it’ll still be good lookin’ and great tasting!