|Well dang Roz old buddy, this just didn't work out how I wanted. I was approaching my 5000th comment and wanted to give it to someone I was fond of. Well I was commenting on the work challenge and wasn't paying attention to my count so now you're getting my 5002nd....Shoot, just seems so anti-climactic now!
Well anyway, why did I choose this shot? Well I have always loved this one, you just look so beautiful and full of youthful enthusiasm. You may tell me that your youth was not what you would have wanted it to be, but that is how I choose to see this. I was quite a delinquent in my youth, but looking back on it, the real me, the one I feel I am now, was there. Buried deep down inside the person I thought I wanted to be at the time. What I see in this shot is the person you are now, the person you would become. A beautiful, caring, accomplished woman. You have raised children and now been able to pursue your artform to the height of being published, and that is no small feat.
You have been a good friend and critic to me for 4 (Four!?) years now. I reckon we will always be relegated to just email and comments in our portfolios, but if for some odd reason we ever got to meet I would give you a big hug and maybe even get a little teary eyed, being the big over-sensitive ogre that I am.
Keep pursuing your passion and keep being the kind, open hearted person you are now.