Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Below.
Weâ€™ve Â been Â keeping Â a Â list Â this Â week Â of Â all Â the good things and unusual little things that are happening. Sometimes, itâ€™s amusing, Â but Â sometimes Â itâ€™s just down- right hilarious.
Shannon has decided she wants an SLR camera for Christmas. She knows itâ€™s expensive, but thatâ€™s what she really wants. Sheâ€™s been asking family membersÂ to forgo various trinkets and oodles of hair accessories and â€œstuffâ€ for one big group gift of something that she really wants. She doesnâ€™t care if she gets only one thing for Christmas. Sheâ€™s taking photography in college next semester and is quite a good shot with a great sense of lighting and compositionâ€”a natural talent for her.
Sheâ€™s felt pressured to figure out what kind of camera she might like Â so she can let everyone know as soon as possible and just a few days before Thanksgiving, she was doing tons of market research online. Sheâ€™d Â narrowed it down Â to Â two Â possibilities Â but Â really Â needed Â to Â talk Â to someone Â who Â could Â tell Â her Â which Â was Â better Â for Â her needs.
Now where around here would we find someone like that on such short notice?
So off we went to the beach for our annual Thanksgiving Â picnic Â lunch Â and Â picture-taking Â afterwards. Â The beach wasnâ€™t crowded at all, though there are more people every year. The whole time we were there, I saw less than a dozen people walk past us.
We started with me on the blanket alone, with Aislinn joining me next, while Shannon set up the tripod with my camera. Sheâ€™d taken about three pics when an older man walked by and paused to say hello and offer to take a pic of the three of us. He had a big, honking camera around his neck.
That alone is unusual for our annual trek to Thanksgiving lunch. Once every few years, someone will offer to take a picture for us, but itâ€™s extremely rare to see some- one out there who looks like a professional photographer. These beaches arenâ€™t private but the locations I choose are more secluded than most.
So he and Shannon struck up a conversation Â about cameras. Â He Â was Â very Â respectful, Â keeping Â his Â distance from my teenaged daughter and making sure to direct his attention to me as well. Â Surprisingly Â (or not!), Â he happened to own two camerasâ€”the kinds Shannon had been consideringâ€”and gave her the advantages of each.
Five minutes later, heâ€™d gone on his merry way and Shannon had the information she needed.