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Pictures for Pam, Day 189: PAM WILL BE BACK

Pictures for Pam, Day 189: PAM WILL BE BACK 

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I began my Pictures for Pam project allllllll the way back on November 8, 2018. It seems like a million years ago. At the time I was in a very low place. Unhappy, confused about my life and my direction. I'd stopped taking pictures a long time before and had absolutely no creative energy whatsoever.

One day I was stumbling around on the web and thought I'd glance at ipernity. Even that place depressed me deeply because it was failing badly and plans seemed eminent that it would be shut down, leaving me with no place at all for my photos online. Not that it mattered. I really didn't care about much of anything at that point.

Noticing I had mail, I found a message from Peggy C, letting me know that my dear friend, Pam Johnson, had an stroke in September and was on a very slow mend. I just about fell over...WHAT?!!! NOOO!!! PAM???!!! It couldn't be! But alas, as I read and visited different pages, these terrible fears were confirmed. I was in total shock. Last time I was on ipernity, all was well with Pam's world. How instantly things can change.

That day was a mess of emotions and sadness as I tried to make sense of it all. What could I do to share my compassion and express my sorrow for what had happened to my friend?

The next morning I was doing my usual hourly trek up and down my driveway and all I could do was think about Pam and how to express my feelings adequately. I thought, "What if I send her a picture and a note?" That sounded good but the problem was that I didn't WANT to take pictures. I didn't want to do ANYTHING. My creative pool wasn't even ZERO. It was NEGATIVE. I walked up and down, grumbling.

The fact of the matter was that it would do me good to pick up my camera. The best thing to do in a deep depression is ANYTHING POSITIVE to get the gears grinding forward, if even just a bit. What better reason could there be than to take a picture for a friend who was ailing? It would be good for both of us. If only I could kick my *** into gear.

Just thinking about photography got my hibernating creative eye slowly opening. I couldn't help but notice the light shining through the grass and empty seed pods here and there. By the end of my walk, I'd managed to convince myself to try. I went into the house, dusted off my camera, put in a fresh battery, checked for a memory card and stepped outside. I went over to the dead plants I'd seen earlier and stared at the way the light shone through the remains of the seed cases...gee that was pretty, wasn't it? I took pictures. It was so weird to be doing this again. For the first time in a while, something felt right. Maybe this WAS a good idea after all.

Posting my picture that day, I added a message to say that I would be working on a new project, "Pictures for Pam", where I would post a picture every day to give Pam some love and support.

It was so nice to learn that Pam was touched by my gesture and at the same time, the ipernity community welcomed me back with open arms. I had forgotten how much I loved ipernity and all of the wonderful people who I knew there. It was wonderful to feel so cared-about, even though my intent was to express my affection and support for my friend Pam.

Soon it was suggested that I create a public group so that everyone could contribute their support for Pam through pictures. Within a week of beginning my project, the ipernity group, "Pictures for Pam" was born. As I type today, there are 77 members and just under 3700 pictures there now, all aimed at making our dear friend know that she is loved, cared about, and in our thoughts. It's amazing.

I really didn't think about this project seriously at the time, but the fact is that I'd begun another 365 Project, and it's been a really cool experience. Sometimes I post pictures taken that day, sometimes they are from my archives. It's all good. And every one has something just for Pam to read and enjoy. Additionally, it's so wonderful to visit contacts and find that they've dedicated that day's picture to Pam. How awesome to be part of a group of people who are so warm and caring.

Over the days, weeks and months of working on this project, I have totally changed, thanks to Pam. From an extremely depressed person, I quickly turned around and woke up again. Everything in my life got better and better. Today I am an improved version of myself when I was at my best. Full of excitement and creativity bubbling over from every pore. Life is good...no...GREAT! As I sit typing, Steve and I are realizing a dream we've had for many years...travelling in a RV trailer! It's been amazing and we've only just begun our adventures.

The bummer is that Pam is still ailing. However, our support means the world to her. Our daily contributions to the group that's dedicated to her means so much to her. And of course she and I exchange notes every day, mostly in our photo comments, but sometimes in letters too.

After returning from our last trip, Pam asked where we would be headed next and when I told her we'd be at the Oregon coast, she asked me to do something for her. She asked me to write in the sand with a stick, "PAM WILL BE BACK". I told her we would make that happen for her the moment we found ourselves on a beach.

Yesterday we walked out onto the beach in Crescent City and the first thing I thought of was the promise I made to Pam. Steve grabbed a stick and carefully scrawled out her message in the sand and we took pictures with the Battery Point Lighthouse in the background. Perfect.

Pam, I hope that you get to visit the ocean again sometime soon...we sure do hope this message gets to the right entities out there and it helps speed things along because we know how much you love the sea. For now, we're sending our virtual hugs too and you are in our thoughts of course!

(I am also including two flowers picture I captured in the meadow next to our RV yesterday morning and also a picture of our truck and trailer at our campsite!) :)

Explored on 5/18/19; highest placement #4.

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37 comments - The latest ones
 raingirl
raingirl club
so happy that you are travelling in Oregon (i'm up in Portland - probably not an RV stop, ha!)

what a heartfelt post and notes. hugs going out to Pam and you!!!!
13 months ago.
 neira-Dan
neira-Dan club
Ce que tu écris est magnifique Janet ... continuons à espérer
13 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
DEAREST JANET...

THIS PHOTO MEANS SO MUCH TO ME ON SO MANY LEVELS.

AS I TYPE THE TEARS STREAM DOWN MY FACE !! BUT THEY ARE GOOD TEARS.

YOU AND SO MANY OTHER PEOPLE HAVE SHOWN ME SO MUCH LOVE AND SUPPORT. THE STROKE HAS TAUGHT ME ONE THING I NEVER REALISED... I NEVER KNEW HOW MANY LIVES I HAD TOUCH OVER THE YEARS.

THANKYOU JANET.... I AM ALSO BETTER IN HEART THAT I WAS ABLE IN SOME WAY TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING BACK.. SOME MOTIVATION.

I AM IN A SIMILAR PLACE RIGHT NOW... MY SIGHT ISNT MENDING FAST AND I CANT USE MY BELOVED CAMERAS. YES THEY SELF FOCUS.. BUT TOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON WHAT YOU ARE TAKING A PIC OF !!!

STILL HOPING TIME WILL MEND A BROKEN ME.

IN THE MEANTIME.. WHERE THE CAMERA HAD BEEN WELDED TO ME... I HAVE TAKEN A FEW PICS WITH THE PHONE. THEY ARENT QUALITY.. I WOULDNT POST THEM HERE... BUT IT IS GIVING ME A CRUTCH FOR MY MOTIVATION. I WONT RISK FALLING OUTSIDE AND BREAKING MY CAMERA.. BUT IT IS SOMETHING.. THE PICS WITH THE PHONE.. ITS CRAWLING BACK FROM THE EDGE.

WE BOTH KNOW THAT IS VITAL.

I AM SO VERY THANKFUL TO ALL WHO HAVE POSTED IN THIS GROUP. I HAVE LOOKED AT EACH AND EVERY PHOTO. I HAVE ALSO TRIED TO MAKE AT LEAST A BRIEF COMMENT ON EACH TOO. ITS THE BEST I CAN DO FOR NOW.. BUT THESE PICTURES REALLY DO MEAN THE WORLD TO ME.

THANKYOU JANET..

THANKYOU EACH AND EVERY PERSON WHO HAS POSTED... IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME.

LOVE AND HUGSSSSSS

PAM

P.S.. I LOVE YOUR RIG !! WE HAD A 16 FOOTER AND A LONG WHEELBASE LAND ROVER TO TOW IT. I LOVED MY YEARS OF (AS IT IS CALLED IN THE UK) CARAVANING !!
13 months ago. Edited 13 months ago.
Horizon 36 club has replied to Pam J club
Thats very beautiful messege dear Pam. I just fund out about you health problems.
I was always wondering and thinking about you. But now I know what happen because I read about it on Janet's Ipernity side. I wish you all the best and speedy recovery. Lot's of love and hugs from Mila (Horizon 36)
13 months ago. Edited 13 months ago.
Pam J club has replied to Horizon 36 club
THANKYOU VERY MUCH MILA
13 months ago.
Jeanne chevillard club has replied to Pam J club
Bon courage .
13 months ago.
 uwschu
uwschu club
Diese Geschichte ist so wunderschön, kann es gut nachempfinden, da es mir vor 7 Jahren ähnlich erging.
Ich wünsche euch viel Kraft, Liebe habt ihr im Überfluss
13 months ago.
 Kawasirius
Kawasirius club
Une plage merveilleuse pour écrire les volontés de Pam et les fleurs en note sont adorables ! Je souhaite à votre amie de revenir très rapidement ce que je pense, elle semble très courageuse et motivée ! Je vous souhaite à toutes deux un excellent week-end !
13 months ago.
 Thorsten (T.S-B.)
Thorsten (T.S-B.) club
A very empathetic message in words and picture!
13 months ago.
 grobi358
grobi358 club
Eine berührende Geschichte! Ich hatte mich vor kurzer Zeit gefragt, was es mit Pam auf sich hat, was dieses Projekt bedeutet. Heute bekam ich die Antwort darauf, ich wünsche Pam genau das was auf dem Strand geschrieben steht, SIE WIRD ZURÜCK KOMMEN! Liebe Grüße an Janet von Karsten
13 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
A touching story Janet !!
13 months ago.
 Reyk
Reyk club
Eine berührende Geschichte, ich kann Pam nachfühlen.
Ich weiß wie sich das anfühlt, aber Sie schafft es, es dauert lange, aber mit Mut und innerer Kraft ist vieles möglich.
13 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome inspirational shot and PIPs!

Admired in:
www.ipernity.com/group/tolerance
13 months ago.
 Boro
Boro
Superbe !!!!!
13 months ago.
 Richard Nuttall
Richard Nuttall club
Fantastic Janet!!
13 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Wonderful, Janet !!!
13 months ago.
 Ruth
Ruth club
A wonderful picture Janet. I was very moved reading your story too. I hadn’t realised that there was a Pictures for Pam group, I shall go and check it out right this minute :)
13 months ago.
 Tanja - Loughcrew
Tanja - Loughcrew club
With a warm feeling for your unbelievable friendship and a few tears in my eyes let me tell you...thanks Janet...thanks Pam...I hope it all comes to a good end...you‘re blessed!
My best wishes and thoughts are with you...I love this touching photo *****
13 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Such a heartwarming story and photo Janet..................I certainly hadn't realised how despondent you'd become - I for one am glad you made a comeback, for whatever reason.

It will take her a while, but I am sure that Pam will make a comeback too!
13 months ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
such a beautiful and moving friendship is better as any medicine and will proved that nothing is impossible..: Pam will come back!!. thank you, Janet, wish you all the best!!!
13 months ago.
 cammino
cammino club
A touching story and an impressive image. Bravo!
13 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
YES!!!!!!!!!!!
13 months ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
Touching words and pictures, Janet. It is a great gift to be able to witness a friendship whose depth unfolds healing energy. You're truly blessed, and with all my heart I wish you both all the best.
13 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Une histoire merveilleuse et touchante ! c'est très généreux de votre part !
13 months ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Marvellous image.... and story. You are a fantastic person Janet
13 months ago.
 Peggy C
Peggy C club
Oh, Yes

Thanks you for all your comments and visits ..
www.ipernity.com/doc/peggyc/48613442
13 months ago.
 Pisti
Pisti club
This is a very touching and important picture! => for Pam, the photografer and me. (I learned as well, considering your story.) Best wishes for Pam, she will come back.
13 months ago.
Pam J club has replied to Pisti club
YHANKYOU PISTI
13 months ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
A lovely image, both in itself and its content. The macro images are beautiful and that's a great caravan arrangement you have, Janet. MEANWHILE, PAM, BE ASSURED THAT SO MANY OF US ARE THINKING OF YOU AND LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR RETURN.
13 months ago.
Pam J club has replied to tiabunna club
THANKYOU GEOTGE
13 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
You are indeed a wonderful friend, not only to us here in Ipernity, but to Pam. To start this group to show her how we are feeling and to show our support is wonderful.

I read your story above and I had no idea how depressed and sad you were. I am so sorry that you felt like that, but I am overjoyed that you have turned the corner and have re-started your love of life and photography. We are just able to take part of this life of yours through your musings. Thank you so much.

Your main picture showing "Pam will be back!" is brilliant. Your insets are amazing, especially the first one - simply stunning. As you know I'm on holiday in Turkey and I've put up some pictures, but haven't really had much time to comment on people's blogs and pictures.
13 months ago.
Pam J club has replied to Jenny McIntyre club
HAVE A WONDERFU TIME JENNY
13 months ago.
 MGN-Marcel
MGN-Marcel
very nice one Janet,wonderful !
13 months ago.
 Jean-luc Drouin
Jean-luc Drouin club
Belle exemple de solidarité et d'empathie. Avec toute ma sympathie.
13 months ago.
 Jeanne chevillard
Jeanne chevillard club
Superbe Janet .Courage Pam .
13 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
A great picture and a touching story, Janet. You are such a wonderful friend. I hope that Pam will get well again and that she will return to ipernity.

I am glad that you are a member of ipernity. It is such a great place to see and show photos. I like to visit your gallery, you are a great photographer and I love your pictures.
13 months ago.
 Alan H
Alan H club
Touching story, have a good weekend.
12 months ago.

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