So when Ginny sent me her submission for Any Other Photo, I felt it all; happiness, awe, a little sadness too. I have never seen an Any Other Photo like this. I love that Ginny’s favourite photo represents something that subverts expectations but rings so real, and so true.
Joy doesn’t cover the photo you’re about to see. It goes beyond that, it’s something primal, a connection severed neither by time nor distance (Ginny lives in London, her mother 4,799 miles away in Seattle). We’re not all lucky enough to have had our mothers at our weddings, and this is the ultimate display of what a mother-daughter relationship can be, if you let it.
My husband makes my heart skip a beat, but my mum is the one who started it beating in the first place.
I had a very hard time putting into words what this picture means to me because it evokes emotions that are so overwhelming I instantly feel the urge to laugh, cry and pee all at once. Yes, I said pee. Pee yourself with emotion, just once. Go ahead, try it, I’ll wait…
My mum and I are what some people might call freakishly close.
She is my best friend. She instilled in me a sense of adventure. She encouraged me to follow my passions. She taught me to never be afraid of the unknown. She always made sure I never had to go without, even when she often had to.
She gave her only child away on her wedding day, simultaneously ecstatic and quietly broken hearted.
This photo is a moment that perfectly captures who we are together, most people who know us would likely agree (and can probably hear her distinctive laugh in their heads right now).
Without her, my quickie ramshackle wedding, nay my existence, would not have been possible. I am, to this day, awed by her love and strength, she showed me how to love with your whole heart and for that, my husband thanks her.