Lest you think I’m a diva — or that my office is in the Colorado wide open spaces — let me explain the above photo:
Where: Ute Park, about 10 minutes from my house
When: 8:30 AM on a cold, windy, ultimately rainy, Saturday morning in December 2012
Why: Authors need to update their pro photo every two to three years. (Awkward moment: Meeting an author you’ve only seen via a back cover photo and thinking, “Wow. He/She is really not in high school.”)
Who: Me, the kind of person who dodges cameras. LisaAnne Meeter, photographer extraordinaire. Kevin Meeter, the “brains” who constructed my outdoor office. My Colorado BFFs, Sonia Meeter & Shari Hamlin, who are there to ensure that I stay in front of the camera. And smile.
Did I mention it was early?
Did I mention it was cold and windy and rainy?
Did I mention my BFFs helped me coordinate my outfits (and change in the back of Sonia’s van)?
That Sonia’s husband thought up the whole “outdoor office” concept and then stood behind the door and held it steady?
That whenever I froze and got that look on my face — the kind you don’t want for your pro photo — Sonia and Shari went into action and did silly, ridiculous things to make me laugh?
That yes, my BFFs were all about my hair — and really, I am so not about my hair. I’m a “scrunch and go” kind of gal. Not that day. My girlfriends were gonna make sure my hair looked good.
Laugh? Oh, yes, we laughed. The kind of laughter where Lisa had to wait, camera in hand, until we could stand back up and I could be a little more, um, professional.
Was it healing?
Yes, yes it was.
Because there have been times when I’ve looked in the mirror and seen anything but beauty staring back at me.
But that day — surrounded by my friends and the music of our laughter woven together into a splendid kind of music — beauty was all around.
In Your Words: When has the laughter shared with a friend been healing?
It’s time for a little celebrating of my upcoming release of Catch a Falling Star (May 7, 2013). I’m hosting a Rafflecopter giveaway for the next four weeks — giving away four (4) Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) of Catch a Falling Star!0 I like this!