It’s January and a New Year is upon us. I had high hopes this year. I’d planned to finish up shooting this month and then take some time off work in February to focus on home, family and some creative projects. I’d pictured my days being slow and calm and hoped I would utilise the time and space to rebalance myself after what was a bit of whirlwind year.
Unfortunately 2018 hasn’t started as well as I’d hoped. A few days back our home was broken into. Among the things I use everyday like my laptop and camera, they stole my jewellery box and with it my lifetime’s collection of sentimental pieces and handed down treasures. It was gone in an instant, the only trace left was a trail of open drawers and boxes that had been rummaged through and the distinct sense someone uninvited had invaded our space.
It’s been a brutal experience and has left us bruised and vulnerable. I didn’t just loose material things that day, I lost my sense of security, privacy, my right to feel our home is a sanctuary. We are left to piece it all back together bit by bit. I am sure time will heal and for now I tread gently through each day and give in to the waves of emotions as they come and go. I’ve found the outpouring of support, love and kindness we’ve been shown by neighbours, friends and even strangers so heart warming. A local photographer whom I’ve never met offered to lend me her camera, a friend her computer, my mum bought us supper one evening and we’ve had hugs and reassuring words from so many. We are not alone.
I will be posting the two final segments from my Month In Pictures Series soon. Grateful that my photo library had a relatively recent back up late last year and although it is slow to restore the back up and I am working off an old machine, it’s something; a window to last year, memories of happy moments with my children or quiet stills around the house. That in itself is greatly comforting to me right now.
Until then, with love xoxo