This story is simple. I attended the Texas Avenue Makers Fair in Shreveport, Louisiana last month and was drawn to Dottie Do’s Cupcake booth because of the awesome vintage camper that was its centerpiece. As it turns out, I didn’t get the greatest photo of the booth, but I did meet it’s owner, Kelly, and because I had a stack of Instagrams with me, I offered to let her choose one.
She ended up choosing the camel which is one of my most popular Instagrams.
Which turned our conversation to photography. Kelly is a psychiatric nurse practitioner who has a private practice and also works at Overton Brooks VA Medical Center. She had a photograph on her phone of herself and a Veteran she had helped, taken the week before he died. He had unknowingly suffered with PTSD for 35-40 yrs and her path had crossed his through her work at the VA. His symptoms were readily identified as PTSD and they agreed on a treatment protocol which would be tweaked over a period of several years. From what I understand, this changed his life.
When she tried to have the photograph printed she was told the quality was inferior and couldn’t be enlarged. I know a challenge when I see one and as soon as I looked at the image I knew I had to meet it.
If ever there was an expression of love, gratitude and devotion on a person’s face that exceeds what this Vet feels for this nurse, I’ve not experienced it.
When Kelly sees this photograph she tells me it means “Honor” to her.
What I see is a Vet who was saved by a caring and devoted person, deserving of great honor herself.
Kelly now has a hard copy of this photograph to frame, not just the one on her phone.
Lives converge for a reason.