It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I don’t always listen when God whispers, I know this. But recently I read a passage from an old spiritual devotional entitled Streams in the Desert. It read, the Gulf Stream could flow through a straw if the straw is aligned with the Gulf Stream and not cross purposed. I reread that a hundred times when I first came across it. And that’s what came to me when I was nudged to reach out to a special senior with a gift of senior images. So I put it out there, not knowing who or if I’d hear from anyone Then I simply asked that you write me about a deserving senior (though all are) who due to any given circumstance might not have senior portraits or if you were that senior, to share a little about yourself. I quickly found out that I was not qualified to choose any one story or senior. And so I prayed over each and every message I received. And then waited. At each thought of who to gift, I was drawn back to the email about Corey and in the spirit of motherhood, Corey’s mom. Corey’s Aunt Eron writes:
I read your post and immediately thought of my nephew, Corey . Corey is home schooled due to his having epilepsy. Corey was diagnosed after he had a seizure on stage at Twin Oaks Elementary when he was practicing for his part in ‘Peter Pan’. He has been on many different medicines but none have controlled his seizures. He almost died because of one medicine and the last medicine he was on was causing him to go blind. He is currently being treated with cannabis oil and the results thus far are very positive.
His mother, my sister, has always been a stay at home mom. She had 4 boys with Corey being the 3rd born. The oldest 2 boys are now proudly serving in the United States Navy. Max, the youngest, would’ve been 10 in July but he passed away from a short and sudden illness in 2014 called Kawasaki Disease.
The reason I believe Corey deserves this photo session gift is his selfless love for his parents and the unfortunate life events he’s had to face. Due to his epilepsy he can’t join the military and college isn’t a likely option because of the way his brain functions due to the damage from seizures. But, Corey is a hard worker and is great with his hands. He helps my dad restore his old truck and Corey works at Fun Park where he loves fixing whatever is broken. Corey loves to garden and tinker with anything that has moving parts. He’s also very aware that he is now the only child at home. With 2 older brothers in the military and his youngest in the cemetery, Corey went from a home full of life to…a lot of silence. My sister and brother in law are amazing parents, don’t take anything I’ve said the wrong way. They still live for their boys and for Corey who’s at home but life has changed tragically and dramatically. My sister can no longer drive by herself as she has panic attacks since Max passed. Corey has witnessed this several times and has been her rock when they’ve happened. Corey is a gem and I’m sure you’d sense that instantaneously if you get to meet him. I could say so much more about Corey and why I think he’d be the perfect pick but I’ve gone on long enough.
I think it’s a wonderful thing that you’re doing and I’m sure whoever you choose will be well-deserving of your artistry.
Yes, I knew instantaneously, Corey and his mom, Maryann were both gems, refined until their souls became shiny and their resilience an irresistible and inspirational fruit of their reality. Maryann, a broken vessel pouring out hope and experience, saving lives by sharing her cup of knowledge learned through the portion given her. Corey with a portion of his own yet strength to help those he loves. It was all grace having spent this day with them. To hear Maryann’s passion that sharing their experience has literally saved lives assured me that being a conduit for their light was part of a sacred plan.
Congratulations, Corey. Senior 2017 !
Rest peacefully, Max, until mama sees you again
category: 2017 Seniors