It has been a terrible, difficult week. The sudden loss of my father-in-law....well, it changed everything. We've spent every day at the house, comforting my husband's step-mother and younger sister, and each other for we're all facing this terrible loss together. We've cried. We've laughed. We've remembered.
I find that I have an overwhelming need to be the strong one, to hold it together so that I can care for everyone else. I have had my moments of overwhelming grief, but most of them have been in private.
As I have gone through this horrible journey with my husband and his family, I have sought respite through photography. In the previous post, I showed the image of my father-in-law's empty chair, probably the most profound, physical proof that he is really gone. I have posted images to Flickr and have been warmed by the outpouring of sympathy and support.
I also completed this week's mission. Partly because I started before we received the tragic news. Partly because I needed distraction and to feel a sense of normality that is probably gone forever.
So, here are my submissions for this week's mission to "Create abstract compositions of electrical wires on a backdrop of sky" (though not all of them are necessarily abstract):
An Upward Glance at the World Above
The Arrival of Darkness as the Watchers Wait
Follow Us, For We Know the Way Home
A Spark, Electric, Then Gone
And Then the World Burned Down
Find Your Way Through For They Await Your Arrival
As I said, I found this mission to be at least a little therapeutic. And I needed to have that distraction just for a few moments.
I look forward to the next mission, for I think it will be part of what helps define my "new normal".