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True undying Friendship

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 2 October 2018 in People & Portrait.

This past Saturday, I had the distinct honor of attending (and taking some photos of) a Retirement Party that was thrown for for my sister-in-law, Patty (Patty is wearing the striped shirt, Second from the left). She had worked in the Hospital field for nearly 40 years! Some of her closest and dearest friends and associates came to the house to celebrate her retirement with her!
Now, I have met all of these wonderful ladies before... But, what really strikes me about them is the continuing, unblemished, undying friendship, love and respect that they all share with each other...without pause- without diminishment! ...Yes, after all of these years, they still laugh and hug and cry and tell stories and worry about each other!

Perhaps it's because they work in the medical field (my Barbara also worked in hospitals and doctor’s offices for 40 years also)!
Regardless of what it is, all I know is that these women have established a bond that is as strong now as it ever was...

So, this is why I am posting this image today and for the next few days...
Undying Friendship.....Something this world could use a lot more of!

Apple iPhone 6s 1/40 second F/2.2 ISO 25 5 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A wonderful post all around, Denny, and I believe you are right to surmise that people in the health care field have that extra boost of empathy, compassion, and a keen instinct about what is truly important in our day to day lives. They see, all too closely, the harsh truths of mortality.

2 Oct 2018 12:41pm

@Rick: Thank you so very much, Rick....I completely agree with you. Your points are are as eloquent as any I have ever seen....Thank you for your kind and wonderful words...;-)

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

May they always remain friends. Your quote. Undying friendship, something the world could use more of is so right but when will we learn that, it is about time we did. Excellent image. 5*

2 Oct 2018 1:24pm

@Shaun: Thank you so very much, Shaun! I completely agree with your points ;-) Sad state we are in...

Eye for Beauty from Florida, United States

great capture of these smiles

2 Oct 2018 2:18pm

@Eye for Beauty: Thank you so much ;-)

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle fête et une belle prise

2 Oct 2018 3:32pm

@Martine Libouton: Thank you so much, Martine ;-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Happy retirement to Patty. True friendships are important in our turbulent world.

2 Oct 2018 5:10pm

@Steve Rice: Indeed they are, Steve. Thank you so very much ;-)

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bel effet

2 Oct 2018 5:30pm

@Existence Artistique: Thank you so much ;-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful smiles all around in honor for Patty's tenured career! The tones work really well here in this B&W composition. Congratulations to Patty!

2 Oct 2018 6:04pm

@Steven: Thank you so much, Steven...She is a really special Lady ;-)

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

This is a lovely photo with genuine emotions and wonderful smiles. I adore the natural feel of this gathering and you photographed it beautifully.

3 Oct 2018 2:32am

@Darkelf Photography: Thank you so much, Maciek. Patty is awesome and her friends. Are as well. I truly loved following them around and watching the easy way in which they communicated and had fun!

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Having such long friendship is something to be proud of. Wonderful post, Denny.

3 Oct 2018 5:45pm

Apple iPhone 6s
1/40 second
F/2.2
ISO 25
5 mm

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