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November 8, 2014 - Virginia Film Festival, Family Day at UVa
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Stuff around Charlottesville, VA. One of my first HDR images, not really liking it anymore... The glow and intensity is too high for my current tastes.
Charlottesville schools had about 60 bikes that had been sitting in storage for a long time. They needed some TLC to get them ready to hand out to the elementary schools for a bike program in PE.
About 30 of us showed up at a local brewery and setup shop to get everything in order. Beer, bikes, doing a good thing = happiness.
There are two parts to this story:
Part I -
One of our local papers runs an occasional column entitled "Cornershot", which highlights essays written by local folks about someone or something who/that has had an impact on the writer's life. My husband recently submitted the following to "Cornershot".
"My Father served in the Second World War and taught for almost 4 decades at a state college. He loved and appreciated my Mother and would occasionally gaze at her and say “you’re beautiful”.
In his last years, his ability to communicate effectively was diminished and he was left with phrases comfortable and familiar to him. One was “you’re beautiful”. The more handicapped he became, the more generous he was with this compliment. Instead of reserving this blessing for Mother, he told me and almost anyone nearby that they were beautiful. He was in assisted living for less than three weeks before he died peacefully. Now that he is gone, I doubt that anyone will ever tell me that I am beautiful again. He told me often enough.
When I went to collect his belongings, even though I was only there for less than a half an hour, three members of the staff come up to me and gushed “your father told me I was beautiful”. I was glad to be able to respond to them “that is because you are”.
Don’t miss the opportunity to tell a beautiful person that they are."
Part 2 -
I was in Charlottesville last week and drove by one of the City parks, where the above photo was taken. Imagine my surprise to encounter a fence with a message "You Are Beautiful". Since it was only a day or so after my husband submitted his "cornershot", I knew that I had to get a picture, but traffic was heavy and I had no time to pull over (and no safe place to pull over, as well). I asked a friend to get me a snapshot of the fence - this is his image. We followed up with the City Parks & Rec Dept. The story is: every so often someone leaves a message on the fence, written out with flagging tape. The City has no idea who the author is or when the deed is done. Usually, the city workers leave the message there for a short time and then tear the flagging tape down. This message, however, they have left alone. Don't we all need to see (or hear) "You are Beautiful" every once in a while????
So, to my flickr friends, have a wonderful week and remember that "You Are Beautiful"!!
(I have cropped and slightly enhanced the image to focus on the words "You Are Beautiful").
Coming back home to Crozet from Charlottesville around noon today
This recently painted mural in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia, depicts a parade of bicyclists along a retaining wall on West Market Street. As indicated in the C-Ville Weekly, the entire mural includes 20 figures and was developed by the Charlottesville Mural Project.