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let the butterflies cry

I did this self-portrait in response to something that has been heavy on my mind recently. A few weeks ago we had our air conditioning system replaced. Jim, who we have known for about a year, did the work for us. When he came to the house my normally friendly dogs went berserk. They struck aggressive postures and barked wildly at him. He tried to make friends but they would have no part in that, they were afraid of him. I apologized to Jim who is actually a very sweet man and put the dogs outside. An hour later I let them in but their reaction to him was only mildly better. It was too hot outside so I had the dogs stay in the corner and kept watch over them for 6 tense hours until the job was completed.


A week later my husband told me that Jim had hung himself in his home. I was stunned. I now suspect the dogs were reacting to whatever inner struggle he was dealing with. Perhaps they already saw a dead man when he walked into our house.


It's almost unbelievable that someone who seemed happy and easy going had lost their will to live. Life is hard and it is a struggle at times but we all must try not to give up. When my daughter saw the self-portrait I did for this story she thought of the lyrics to Butterfly Cry by Kerli which are posted below.

I hope anyone reading this will never give up hope because, tomorrow may be wonderful.


let the butterflies cry

let them cry for you

you just dry your eyes

because the world is wonderful


for our daily challenge - radiating lines



Nikon D7000 ~ Nikkor 50mm 1.8 G ~ Exposure 1/1600 sec. ~ Aperture f/4.0 ~ ISO Speed 100


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Taken on December 5, 2011