My Dad’s sweater and how it inspires me.

This is my dads sweater.

Looks inspiring, doesn’t it? Not when you first look at it maybe, but for me it is completely wonderful. My dad left this sweater in my car on a trip to the doctor just 2 days before he passed away. That was almost 16 years ago. Why do I still have it? Because, believe it or not, it is still a source of joy for me. My dad was a creative person. A big thinker. He had wonderful ideas but never found the time to get them out to the world. Too busy raising us little humans to worry about the bigger picture. He is just one of the people who inspired me to follow my dreams. Before I was a professional photographer I designed costumes. Mostly mascots, and several years spent recreating Barbies many costumes life size for Mattel. That takes creativity and was completely frustrating at times. I remember him telling me, “just keep going, kid. It’ll work out” and it always did. He was the one who bought me my first book on photography and camera many years ago.

Fast forward to today. We celebrate what would have been his 92nd birthday. Wow, he would have been so annoyed if he was still alive having found frustration with illness and declining health. Happy birthday, Dad. I am grateful that I chose you as my father and that you are still an icon in our family and missed every day after all these years. What a legacy! Thanks for always telling me to follow my heart and find inspiration everywhere. And heres a little Flash Back Thursday for Kelly too. This photo was taken on her  birthday when he decided to inspire me by wearing a pinata on his head. Remember, there is someone very special right now that you are inspiring. What will they say about you when you are gone? Live every day!

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