Neon Lights

Sometimes, we enjoy the moment so much that we want to capture every minute of it. But flicking every minute of it would blow up our memory cards. So we take the ones that would tell a story. I think that’s why we do it…because everyone likes a good story.

I look at all the pictures I’ve taken and think that one day I’ll be short of storage. When/if that happens, then it’ll happen. But for now, I don’t want to forget these moments, nor do I want to forget the “invisible” people in the picture. The “behind the scenes.” I thought I’d add a little section to this blog called “What’s The Story?” where I will share the (short) story behind certain interesting pictures.

I will start out with this one. ^

Not an appealing photo, but it doesn’t have to be. Not my favorite photo, but the story, it is. I was having dinner with one of my best friends last night and we sat next to a table of about 20 women — 20 much older women (they looked like they were maybe in their late 40’s and 60’s). They were loud. They were wild. They had energy for days!

My first thought: well, damn…they look like too much fun for their age. How I wish my mom let loose like them. One of the ladies turned out to be my friend’s mother’s neighbor, so we chatted for a while at the end of the night. Apparently, they’re all longtime friends and they get together for dinner every month. Every month, and they’ve been doing it for the past 10 years or so. Amazing.

Well, these ladies were fun and funny as hell. I don’t know where the hell the blinking “nipples” came from — the two neon green and blue lights can be seen through my shirt in the picture. But suddenly, while my friend was taking a picture of me, they suggested I posed with the blinking nipples on. I obeyed. You do not want to come off as a boring lifeless younger woman next to wild older ones!

Then, as my friend was about to take the picture, two of the women shouted “Do a Miley Cyrus!” “Yeah, stick your tongue out!” Again — as much as I despise the Cyrus trend — I obeyed. And how do they even know about that?! Ha ha. Anyhow, now I have a laughing crowd gathered around to watch me as my tongue hangs out and my erect neon nipples glow, all while flashing a smile from ear to ear. I don’t know if it was the wine, but I thought it was the funniest sh*t ever — and I got it on camera (part of it).

I like the story of this picture because it reminds me of those women, who were full of life. They are proof that aging is not an excuse to not go out there and have fun. It’s also a reminder of friendship. Friendships can last forever if fed well.

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