I am a story teller.
Anyone who has ever met me can tell you so. I tell stories with my hands, with the mouth of a sailor, with too much back story, loudly and with dramatic explanation.
But anyone who has ever met me will tell you that I tell different stories, better stories, through the way that I see you.
I see the deep breath you take before you see your bride the first time with your hands shaking and how your lips purse, telling yourself you won't cry. I see the hint of a euphoric smile after every kiss. I see the giggles coming on when you're sitting close and nervous to be displaying your affection in front of my big grey lens.
What you don't see is me crying behind that big grey lens when you say your vows, holding each other's shaking hands still. You don't see me doing summersaults inside when the sunlight glows the same way you smile at one another.
It's hard to look in the mirror and see yourself the way that I see you. Trust that I understand not always loving the reflection staring back at you, but also trust that under the circumstances where you and I meet, and I get to tell your story, your reflection is not what I see.
These moments that I talk about? They are all around, entwined between you and those who hold your soul close. You may not see them everyday, but I do. And those life changing days? Time stops and flies on days like that, and I've been working my whole life to be able to find ways to savor them, and to share them. I was devastated to find that my grandparents only have two pictures (that I can find) from their wedding. My parents have a few more, and when I found their wedding album at the age of 12, I was fascinated. Even now, I can get lost in their moments- my mother stress smoking a cigarette in her corset, her hot pink streak of hair to match her bridesmaid dresses, my dad having a beer with his friends, my cousin as the cutest flower girl.
That album is part of MY story. Those genuine moments of stress, chaos, laughter and love continue to swirl through my parent's relationship and the life they have built for our family.
Telling stories is the most important thing in my life. Seeing and getting a chance to share your story makes my heart skip a beat, gives me misty eyes and reminds me that there is magic in this world... it just takes a little time to see it.