May 7, 2009

you left too soon...

*new neighbors move in just a street over from our backyard
*he works for the same company as my hubby
*their children are beautiful and I get to photograph them
*she laughs at seeing me with our dog in a doggie stroller one afternoon
*their friends are our friends
*they are at the same parties we are
*I volunteer with her in the community
*they have a dog who tries to be an escape artist one afternoon
*they invite us over for dinners
*we have many lunches out with "the girls"
*he takes a different job in a new state far away
*one last lunch is had with "the girls" while the boxes are being packed
*they move away too quickly
*their old house still stands empty
*their old yard is filled with tulips that I saw yesterday on my afternoon walk
*she would have wanted me to take photos

on the patio
champ's toys and water dish
were the only tangible items left behind as a reminder of who lived here
along with lots of memories


  1. Beth, that was beautiful, you must miss them lots! And the last photo with the dog dish, definately makes you go awwwww! I am having trouble with my email. Did you get my email address.

  2. Dearest Beth:
    This post broke my heart wide open. Whyd would they leave the dog's toys like that? Oh, this made me cry. I'm so sad! Good job! No, really! You made this happen!

  3. Oh, and I love you!

  4. Sad! It's so hard when friends move away and you can't just drop by their house or find them on your porch. You can talk on the phone but you can't see the gleam in the eye or the droop of the shoulders. Or the wriggly greeting of the family dog.

  5. Well hopefully, if the new family doesn't have a dog, the sight of Champ's toys and dish will have them itching to get a Champ of their own...

    And, she definitely would want you to photograph the tulips. I wonder if the lilac bush bloomed out in our old yard...


  6. AnonymousMay 07, 2009

    very touching. your words always have a way of pulling the heart strings.

  7. this is so well said..very very nice..bittersweet.

  8. Oh Beth what a stunning way to express the feelings of missing. And what a goreous girls.I als have long distance friends, it's always hard not to be able to just 'hop' over. Take care.

  9. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    Heartbreaking... but a beautiful photo tribute

  10. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    very adorable..

    yeah it's hard to see some people move on. but what's left are surely beautiful. (=

  11. Saying goodbye can be so hard....not a big fan of them that's for sure... these girls are stunning!

  12. Hi Beth,

    Always sad to say goodbye to good friends but, hopefully, new ones will not be long in the making.

  13. Beth- that's so sad...but you captured it amazingly, I might add. I always hate being the one left behind as people move on. Hopefully the empty house will bring new friends and memories to be created and cherished.

  14. Missing friends is hard ! I know this, living 5 hours away from my sweet family and most of my dear, dear friends.

    I hope that you get to make new, rich connections with the people who move into their house.

    My mom said something to me the other day about people who have seemingly left your life. She said "They may be gone, but I can never now un-know them." I like this thought.

    Hope you have a cozy weekend !

  15. So hard to see friends leave. Wonderful 'tribute'.

  16. The portrait of the two beautiful girls is magnificent - so full of expression. You must miss this family terribly.

  17. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    It's sad when we lose connections that we've come to value deeply. But the memories are good. Will they stay in contact?

  18. Beautiful girls.
    Beautiful post.
    Beautiful. Beautiful.

    Touched my heart.

  19. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    It's sad when they move hoping you have a long distance friend who will visit often.

  20. what a sweet post!
    what beautiful, photogenic girls!
    what a gifted photographer you are!

  21. I've never EVER gotten used to the part where change comes in and cleaves me from Significant People ... you captured it, of course, in simple powerful statements, and that picture of Champ's food bowl ... watery eyes, watery eyes!

  22. It's simply heartbreaking when wonderful neighbors move. Their empty space leaves a very large hole in your heart. I hope the new neighbors can measure up.

    Have a lovely weekend. The photos are lovely (and yes, she would definitely want you to take photos!)

  23. AnonymousMay 08, 2009

    Isn't that the way? Exquisite snaps.

  24. such a humble tribute in both words and images ...a real yearning felt here and i know you must miss that closeness...the last photo of the dog stuff..incredible

  25. wow-those girls are gorgeous-and awesome capture!

    and I love the baseball photo...very cool perspective.

  26. Sometimes change sucks.
    But I wonder who will move in and enrich your life in other ways?


**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth