April 11, 2012
Saw her at the bus terminal and knew right away I was seeing my future self. Older but oh so stylish, she meshed the retro past with the boldness of today and gave it a flair of her own. She was marvelous.
Traveling with her two daughters and her granddaughter, you could see she had loved and lived and continued to do both with grace and a natural air. I was all excited with plans and strategy for the Hispanicize 2012 conference and was in my own little world- and then I saw Ms. Olivia who reminded me what my real world should be.
Here was a woman who had found her way a long time ago, was comfortable in her skin, whose very essence exuded "this is my style, this is my life, this is me- and I like me". Her beauty - inner and outer brought tears to my eyes. Have you ever sensed the presence of true beauty? The knowledge of self worth and the radiance of self acceptance- THIS is true beauty and Ms Olivia embodied it.
I had to take a picture of her, to remind myself of what is possible, to remember what I aspire to be, and so I shyly approached my new idol to ask her permission. Ok si, I hear you- "BB, You- Shy?!? JU SO FONII!!!" And you'd be right 99% of the time to doubt, but this was the 1% of our human race who had actually attained self love and BB was in awe and humbled.
She graciously heard my petition, smiled, and told me she'd discuss it with her daughter. Her daughter of course wanted to be assured of my sincerity and asked why I wanted to photograph her mother. I explained how I wanted to capture her mother's style and love of self. Apparently she believed me because she came looking for me when we had a stop over and I didn't give her a chance to change her mind.
Ms. Olivia was pure joy when she posed for the camera as was I that she had allowed me the honor. I believe her daughter had known her mother was exceptional and thanked me profoundly for noticing. But how can one not notice? It would be like not noticing the Lady Moon as she shines and shimmers, not noticing her beauty naturally escaping and filling our nights. No, I'm the one who is thankful to Ms. Olivia for her example and hope this does her justice as she inspires us all to embrace our lives and ourselves.
Babushka Besos a todos. Cuidensen.
Groovy Spanglish speaking Grandma of 6 who loves life and all its adventures. Motivational while still keeping it real, Babushka shows how all things looked at with gratitude are good, and how to say to la vida- JU SO FONII!!!
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you look at them, smile, and say-
JU SO FONII!!!