[Cue the somber music...a little R.E.M. might be appropriate.]
If you've been reading between the lines of my sketchbook, you probably know that this has been a trying year for me. I've had several difficult blows, some I've openly shared here [i.e. job loss] and some I've dealt with privately. Throughout this struggle there have been so many people who have surrounded me with love. So many! In fact, at the beginning of these trials, I'd describe myself as only having one or two close friends...now I feel so very different.
Of course, Edgar is my number one supporter---I can't imagine life without him.
He's constantly around to make me laugh when I'm on the point of tears, reassure me when I feel like there is no hope in sight and sing with me when times are good. He's the best partner I could ask for.
And then there is Addie.
Simply put, Addie is my best friend--and one of the kindest, most selfless people I know. She's empathetic and optimistic, a great listener and a thoughtful advice giver. On top of all this, she is so, so creative and fun....and did I mention clever? This is why it was no surprise when Addie suggested ending this difficult year with a party. A party she would throw.
I've already shared photos from the balloon release, but there was much more to the festivities, in many parts thanks to Addie---but also to the many new and renewed friends I've opened myself up to in the last year. Here, have a glimpse.
And cheers to you as well. Thank you for being one of my friends. We may not live in the same town, or even on the same continent, but your kind words and visits mean so much to me! Here's to more happy times ahead!
See more photos from the party...including lots of mustaches here.
[all photos by Tim Robison]