I'm a list person. I make lists for grocery shopping, lists for what to pack when I'm going on a trip and even lists of places I'd like to eventually visit. But what I really need to do is make a list of people who I care about. A list that will inspire me to call, email or visit every person I think about and tell them how much I appreciate them. Because life really can end in a moment. It sounds cliché, but it's so true. I don't realize how much I take for granted until something is missing. And then I miss it so much. Too much. It makes me want to be a better person, a better friend and a better mom.

I'm grateful to be able to use photography as an outlet, an escape. But when I turn the camera on myself, it forces me to face the feelings and emotions inside of me, making them real. Real for me to see. Real for you to see. I've taken some pretty personal self-portraits, and here's another one.

Missing you very much, my friend. RIP Jerry.

I'm lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. I thank you and love you all.

www.jenparkerphotography.com

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