Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound….
There’s no pain in my life that compares with losing our pug, Maggie, two years ago this week. She was extraordinary, and exceptional in every way. I’ve never experienced a more giving, altruistic soul than hers. She was a trained Therapy Dog, and visited hundreds of people in hospitals, hospices, rehabilitation centers, schools and nursing homes. She was also a beloved friend, wanting nothing more than to be together and take a walk, or watch a movie at night.
My wife and I decided, around December or so, that we would adopt a new pug puppy. We want to honor Maggie’s memory and to offer a loving, safe, nurturing environment for a little soul that relies on kindness and goodness (and activity!) in its adopted family. We met Grace on February 8th and, immediately smitten, brought her home four hours later.
What does this have to do with photography….? For years, I published a Facebook page for Maggie (Maggie the Pug), in which I included a single quote, with a single photograph, for each post. I believe photography absolutely can share love, compassion and kindness in this often-crazy world. My intention for the page was to do that, and, I suppose, even a bit more, as I included quotations that touched my own heart. I don’t even have to guess whether Maggie touched people’s lives for the better, as we heard a chorus of “Thank You’s” from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people, all deeply appreciative of the simple gift of quiet love, calm eye contact and a giving, pure spirit.
I decided yesterday that I will continue Maggie’s Facebook page, albeit now as Maggie the Pug and Amazing Grace…. My deepest desire in undertaking the responsibility of another weekly task is pure — I want others to feel a small touch of wonder and purity that, though often hard to find, still exists.
Photography. Love. Kindness. Simplicity. Gentleness. Appreciation. Mindfulness. A helping hand to those in need. Gratitude. And may I say Grace…. These are why I’m a photographer, and these are what I want my life, and my work, to represent.