The Lesson of the Picture Frame
The wall was covered with sterling silver and gold picture frames. One, in particular, caught my eye. It was a hand-carved wooden frame, but very narrow and delicate. The frame held her first newspaper clipping, published in the local hometown paper where she grew up.
She told me that she bought that frame with money her Grandmother had given her when she graduated from college. “I could have just put it in my bank account,” she said. “Lord knows I needed the money back then.” But,” she continued, “I wouldn’t have had anything to show for the money she gave me — so I bought this frame. This way, whenever I see this frame, I think of her.”
When my Mom died, there was an ugly legal battle, that was generated purely from misleading legal counsel, and really could have been avoided with a level-headed attorney. In the midst of the battle, I vowed that if money ever came to me from my Mom’s estate, that I would buy something special, like Lucy did, just for me, as a present from my Mom.
Eighteen months later, the first medium-sized bundle is now drifting in to me. The minute I announced its arrival, everyone in my house had a grand idea about how to spend the money. My favorite, was a request for in increase in their allowance! The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I have 8 feet to buy shoes for, sports fees and groceries. Something for me really didn’t seem impractical.
But, not really. I soon tossed that idea right at the window…
So, what to spend the money on? I’m not a huge fan of jewelry, and besides, my husband takes care of me pretty well in that department. I’m struggling with the camera issue, trying to be frugal. And then, it hit me — I could use that money to by myself a REALLY NICE camera! The fancy kind that I’ve never had before! And what a better tribute to my Mom than to buy a camera that I can use to take pictures of her Grandchildren. (I know she’s happy about this — I can just tell.) So, I have camera fever, and I’ve narrowed it down to two choices, and with so much emotion carried with this purchase, I’m having a very hard decision trying to choose. Which one? And what lenses do you have for interior shots?
The Canon Rebel XTI
Or the Nikon D80?
Which one do you have and why?