this past weekend we met the haler family. in our short afternoon together, here's what we took away:
- there's an amazing amount of love living in their 1870s house.
- a smile is worth a million bucks, and conner and justin are quite rich.
- they are patient people, especially with photographers whose learning curve is quite massive.
- conner's cat becomes giddy when conner's home.
- mom and dad (teri and chris) are extremely proud of their sons and, if given the chance, will squeeze them often.
our parents were great storytellers, not because they were intense talkers, but because they believed the importance of remembering. with no camera, the oral traditions became the record. mama, and especially daddy, would carve grins from ear to ear when the tales became too funny or tears would escape the eyes when the tales became too sad. they spoke with their eyes, their facial expressions, their hands. remember when mama said, "use your words." as a writer, by all means, but frequently, we need help to dig a little deeper. with 'opal' watching and our ears listening, we will strive to capture the entire story.