Thursday, July 08, 2004

This very well may have been the most emotional day of work ever in my life...

Ya'll...today was rough...don't get me wrong, I had some wonderful, fun, happy sessions today at the studio...but there was one that just broke my heart!! I really cried when the people left...this just humbled me and it really...well, it really did crush my heart for these people...let me tell you about it...

I had a break between some appointments, so I was doing things around the studio that needed to be done...when I heard someone clear there throat...I turned around and there was an elderly lady and her husband standing at the front of the store. I thought, sheesh, you didn't have to be rude... and then I walked over to them. The lady said that she and her husband wanted to get pictures taken, and she asked if I had time to do it for them...well, I had an hour before my next appointment so I could take them...she told me that she had a doctors appt. at 2:15, so we needed to get them done quickly...no problem...I took them to the camera room and began taking their pics...they were so cute!! Yesterday was the lady's 62th birthday so they were getting birthday pics taken...they told me that they usually get their pics taken every 5 years for their anniversary, and this Jan. would be their 45th Anniversay..but they wanted to get them done now because the lady had some health problems...that made me sad..and I wanted to make sure that they had some wonderful pictures! And they did! They were great!!! The people didn't have a coupon...and I felt bad for them, so I gave them a coupon for a GOOD discount!! They picked out sooo many pictures that the total came to over $600...blest their hearts...when I told them the price, I thought the lady was going to have a breakdown...I felt awful, I took her back to the sales table and we started to downsize her order...she told me, she said..."I wish I could get all these..I really do, but hunny, I just can't afford it right now...I'm about to have a cancer operation, and I just can't afford it" I gave her a hug and told her that it was going to be all right...when she left to go to her appointment..she had tears in her eyes...and I did too, as they walked away, I lost it..I know that I don't know these people, but it just hurts my so bad to think that I may have taken their last pictures together...the thought of that man, having to look at those very pictures sometime in the future, with her gone...and the pain that he will feel..because you can tell how much they love each other...and I wish that there was something that I could do for them...but there's not, and right now even I am crying just thinking about it...and I just am praying for them so hard...I just pray that that lady will be ok, and that she will beat the cancer that is hurting her so badly...and that she won't be taken away from her husband yet...

and I know that you might think it is silly that I let myself get so emotional over some people that I don't know...and maybe I am silly, but if you could have seen their faces...just how they...admired one another, if you could have looked into those eyes...they were so full of fear, and disappointment, and grief...but also full of so much love...if you could have seen how much they cared for one another...

and it may be that no one understands me on this one...but I suppose I just needed to write it all down...

1 comments:

Rachel said...

dear jen - i feel you with this story... i love you and i don't think that you are silly... i'm cryin' with ya (as always - haha)...