I've been in a bit of a funk lately so when @rynbassett
invited me downtown last night for some photography, I leapt at the chance.
It was a gorgeous night in Cleveland so we headed to Wendy Park and walked towards the renovated coastguard station. It felt amazing to just be outside with the lake breeze and I wasn't even taking many photos and was okay with that.
I stood off watching the sunset by myself for a minute and a family with a couple Happy Birthday balloons walked directly towards me.
The mother, Elaine, suddenly said to me, "It would've been my son's 35th birthday today. He used to come here to fish. His name was James." Elaine and her other son, Matt, then huddled close together, embraced and released the balloons in James' memory. The balloons floated up and away, backlit by a beautiful, summer sunset.
We talked for a good twenty minutes afterward about her son, some of the struggles we all had been going through and how we all thought it was meant to be that we had met. I sent her an email and here was the reply: "I’m so happy to have met you, my son brought you into our lives for a reason last night. I needed you and maybe…….just maybe….….you needed us. Thank you for sharing our sad / happy birthday celebration for my son James; it was just what I needed. I feel messages from my son all the time, he was my first born, we were a lot alike, he knew me better than I knew myself and it would make him sad / angry to see me crying and sad all the time so he does these beautiful things just when he knows I need it most.
My son James died of Crohn’s Disease on June 30, 2011 at the age of 27 and I’d love to meet you for coffee and share his story, that would be wonderful. And I’d love to hear your story. That’s what friends are for." #myohioadventure #VisitOhioState #ohiogram #roamohio #midwestmoment #ohioexplored #theohiocollective #HeartofOhio #midwest #theohiocollective #cleveland #clevelandmagazine #ohio
magazine #clevelandgram #cle_news #clevelandovereverything #clevelander #clevelandisthecity #clevelandthatilove #clevelandisthecity #ThisisCLE #clegram
#clevelanddotcom #clevelandscene #onlyincleveland #wkyc #newsherald