my daughter followed her own path and is no longer affiliated with a marching band, I find I’m still hooked.
I find it a shame that, to my knowledge, anyway, college marching bands do not compete.
I’m forced, because of this limitation, to go to High School Marching Band competitions.
I’m still looking for one to rival Twin Spring’s “Superman” Season, which occurred in or around 2006-7.
My Taylor nailed the trumpet.
I could say that because I’m biased (which, of course I am), but I say it because she nailed it.
I didn’t mean to look forward to it this year.
Band competition season, that is.
I told myself I wasn’t going to make the circuit this time around, but I knew I was kidding myself when I said it.
It seems that unwittingly and without regret, I became a band geek.
I’m ok with that.
Some of the people I admire most call themselves by the same name and so I find myself in good company.
UVAWise Tubas. Love the reflections.
Very fond memories. UVAWise Marching Cavaliers.
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In the late spring, early summer of 2012, my daughter, a member of the UVA-Wise Highland Cavalier Marching Band, is going to Paris. I am blown away by this and plan to give her all the financial help I can so that she will be able to go. On my own, I cannot afford to pay for us both to go. While I have a passport and have had the wanderlust for so long I can no longer remember when it started, I am struggling with the notion that I might not get to go. It isn’t jealousy or envy, for I couldn’t be more happy that our Tay gets to go on such an amazingly incredible adventure. No, it is the photographer in me that wants to see. That needs to see. That longs to see. One of my most constant prayers has been to ask that my photography enable me to travel. That greeting cards would allow me to go places that I’ve only dreamed of and to visit each place, across the globe, where my cards have sold. When I pray, what I see is being able to just jump in my car or on a plane and go wherever, whenever, with only a few changes of clothes, my camera, my phone, my laptop and my tripod … just any old time and for as long as I want. While I believe in my heart that such will happen eventually, as it was God who set me on the path of photography in the first place, and so I feel very strongly that it is He who has put this wanderlust in my heart, I have no doubt that photography will take me where I am meant to go. I am hoping that it will take me to Paris. I have a specific destination, besides Ardmore in County Waterford, Ireland, to pray about. So I am praying specifically this time. I am praying that the money I make on my greeting cards in the last quarter of the year, September through December will take me to Paris. While I wish that hundreds of thousands of people would share this and would talk up Through the Eyes of the Spirit, I leave it to the Father, who already knows how it will end.
To check out the greeting cards, click the photo below to open Through the Eyes of the Spirit in a new window. If you feel led to do so, share the link with friends and family. God is in control, but your support and encouragement is appreciated. While everyone may not understand the need to go and to see, some will. As for me, being accepted, even when I’m not understood, is priceless.
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