Wednesday, December 7, 2011
For the discovery of a new world and the man who died in poverty in to find it
For churros dipped in melted chocolate
For a failed worlds fair
For ancient egos and proving power through architecture
For men in tights and capes with ribbons
For nuns who bake
For exuding passion through every pore
For chocolate breakfasts
For Moorish palaces with endless corridors
For cave-dwelling gypsies
For Isabelle and Ferdinand
For white stucco, green doors and blue plates
For Morrocan hot pockets
For the beauty of trans continental friendships
For chocolate, spearmint tea
For the Alhambra.
Friday, December 2, 2011
For photographic memories after all is lost
For untamed beaches and untamed hearts
For Christmas lights and unearthing simplicity
For a maze of ancient cobblestone
For a world wide church
For Christmas lights strung across charming balconies
For small food and deep conversation
For wandering solo
For energetic street music
For magical fountains
For colorful mosaics and arched catacombs
For humans diverged on one city street
For inspiring trees, leaves and python skeletons
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
A boy about 7 years old…
Me: Oh my, aren’t you a brave dragon slayer! I see you have a sword of truth just like my Prince Phillip.
Boy: Yeah… you know I’ve seen your movie?
Me: You have heard of my story? Isn’t that wonderful! What was your favorite part?
Boy: The part where you die!
Me: Oh dear, I never died. I just fell asleep until my handsome prince came and gave me loves first kiss to wake me up (wink)
Me: Well might we have a picture together so I can tell my Prince Phillip all about you?
Boy: Sure, I guess
And I gave him a big, pink kiss on the cheek for the picture to which he freaked out and the family LOVED.
A boy about 6 years old…
Me: Well look at what a brave prince I see!
Boy: I’m not a Prince!!
Me: Oh my, well what are you then?
Me: Are you a King? Pirate? Dragon? Monster? Wizard?
Boy: I am a Jedi! Look at my light saber! (whips out a plastic light saber from his little sister’s stroller)
Me: A light saber? Oh how brave you must be to use such a weapon! Do you think Prince Phillip could use it to slay dragons?
Boy: No, they only work for Jedi’s. Tell Prince Phillip sorry.
A little girl about 5 years old…
Me: What is your favorite thing about being you?
Girl: I like everything about being me!
Me: What wonderful confidence you have! Do you know how important that is for all Princesses to have? And how fantastic that you have mastered it!
Girl: What is confidence?
Me: It is believing in yourself and not letting anyone or anything change your mind.
Girl: Oh! Then yes, I have confidence!
A mother starts to shove an infant into my arms ( which I’m not supposed to hold) so I kneel on the ground to follow protocol if a child is forced into my arms. The child is screaming and drooling all over me and I smile to get the picture over with. The mother exclaims, “ No, no that picture won’t work. Ya know, would ya mind just putting yer arm across her stomach to cover up all of that throw up on her shirt?” SICK! And I did it….
A 2 year old girl…
Me: Would you like to come sit on my special bench?
Girl: I have poop!
The mother steps in, embarrassed and states that it happened in line and she can’t sit down because of it
Me: ( Trying to control my laughter, as my photographer is laughing uncontrollably, I kneel down on the floor) What is your favorite color? Is it purple like your beautiful dress?
Girl: I have poop!
Yep that went on the for the rest of the conversation and through the photo as well…
Little girl about 4 years old (one of my favorite memories)
Girl: Princess Aurora, where have you been? I have been looking all over the kingdom for you! ( very distraught)
Me: Oh dear, I am so sorry sweetheart. Where did you look?
Girl: I climbed to the tallest tower, I swam across the lake with lots of scary alligators, I got really scared but my dad was there and my mom grew very tall, taller then my dad even and she scared the monsters away. Then we walked a lot and there were lots of pretty flowers in the fields and look I picked one for you! ( she brought me a beautiful gardenia)
Me: How did you know these were my favorite flowers? Don’t they smell magnificent?
Girl: The troll told me.
Me: Oh yes, which troll was it? I have many friends that are trolls
Girl: The one I met while I was flying. We were flying high up in the clouds and when I met him, he told me to be sure and bring you this special, magical flower cause it is your favorite and it was really hard to find. Just like you were hard to find.
Me: I’m so sorry I was hard to find. But I am certainly glad you finally found me! Now that you know where I am, will you come visit me again?
Don’t you just love that imagination?!
Girl about 12…
Me: What is your favorite thing about being 12?
Me: Really? Nothing at all?
Girl: Yeah, I just don’t like getting older
Me: Well then what was your favorite thing about being 11?
Me: Well unless you are like my friend Peter Pan you will have to keep growing up… What don’t you like about being 12?
Girl: I don’t like that you can’t trust adults
Me: Trust can be a very difficult thing, especially if someone wrongs you. However, you must always keep in mind that not all adults are the same and there are some you can trust.
Here comes the grand finale!
A couple in their mid-twenties, with the whole family in tow…
Me: Oh what a beautiful couple! I see you found your dream Prince!
Girl: (embarrassed) yes he is my dream prince
Me: and is she your dream princess?
Guy: Yes she is
Me: Wonderful, shall we have a picture together?
Guy: Yes, can I just pose like this? ( gets on one knee)
Me: Oh my what a charming prince we have here, but I think Prince Phillip might get jealous.
Pulls out a RING… and I soon realize that I am in the middle of a proposal. Completely caught off guard, I step as far back as I can and hope I don’t get in all of the pictures.
Guy: Something cheesy
Girl: Crying... yes!
Family: Ohhhhhh, ahhhh, cheers, clapping, excitement
Then someone yells from the group: You were supposed to do it in front of Cinderella-her favorite Princess!
Guy: I thought you were Cinderella…
Me: Sorry handsome, we look similar but I just fell asleep while she ran from her Prince…
Me: She is right there, why don’t you go introduce your beautiful princess to her…