THIS photo is what it's all about!!! I'm not an emotional guy, but this trip was so meaningful because I was able to see what's right in front of me -- we have been blessed with an AMAZING daughter. I mean, I knew it, but I didn't know it. Seeing her in a foreign environment surrounded by strangers from all over the world she shined. People we met and worked with -- from the team doing the shoot to hotel employees to gallery owners to strangers in the strangest of places (Take a trip down Duval St. if you need a refresher 😳) made the point of stopping and telling me what an amazing young lady she is. I couldn't be more proud.
Polite. Sweet. Thoughtful. Well mannered. Funny. Positive. Well behaved.
The compliments never stopped, and my heart continued to swell. It put EVERYTHING in perspective. I realized if I've done nothing else in my life, I've had a small part (Her mother deserves the lions share!) in molding a truly special human -- who sees the world differently. She treats everyone the same. No judgement. No hate. So pure. So innocent. I know it won't always be that way as life unfolds and experiences mold her, but for the past 72 hours I was with a nine-year old angel.
I am most proud of what is the foundation for how I personally live -- and I can now see it's how she lives and operates. Life's not about you. It's how you make others feel. We're blessed. We're spoiled. We have so much, and so many others don't. Pay it forward. Maya Angelou said it best “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” When my time comes I know I've paid it forward with Lilla Kate Chapman.
As I write this on my phone 24,000 feet above Florida, I think I even felt something a little wet near my face ... actually I think it was some snow melting from the previous flight! 😅Thanks again to the fantastic team at @bassproshops for this opportunity. You've given me a a gift with no price tag -- memories and experiences.
Photo by @shelbs_hagge ✅
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