Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations. Please follow the link to read Amy’s post.

This morning, I stepped out to celebrate a beautiful winter day: high 20, no wind, frozen fog on trees…

Actually, when I saw the word “celebrations”, I immediately thought of food. I remember Mom used to cook many dishes celebrating Chinese holidays; I remember we could hardly fit them all on our big table.

I wasn’t interested in cooking when I was young; most of the time I didn’t offer her any help, and when I did, I was kicked out of the kitchen within minutes; Mom apparently didn’t appreciate my free quality control service (frequent tasting). Nowadays, once in a while, I would call my younger sister asking her if she knew how Mom made this or that dish. Sadly, she didn’t know either.

I wish I had some photos of those celebrations, but I don’t. To be honest, back then, I didn’t know I would miss those moments this much.

After getting married, occasionally, I, too, had invited friends over to celebrate holidays. When dinner was ready and I was finally able to sit down to enjoy the food and companies, most of the time, I was no longer in “celebration” mood. I was just happy that cooking was over 😉

We started going out for dinner on our birthdays, anniversaries… We call it a celebration. Sometime I wonder if we have used the word “celebration” as an excuse to avoid cooking. Maybe we have.

Now, the real celebration… I probably have told you the following story; it is one of the stories that I like to keep telling.

I worked for a clinic before I retired. One Monday morning, around 8 o’clock, many coworkers and I squeezed into an elevator (My office was on the 7th floor). Some looked like they were still in their dreams; some had “I don’t like to come to work today” written on their foreheads – clearly, they hated Mondays; some looked like dead trees. Among all well-dressed men and women, there stood a cafeteria lady wearing a simple white shirt, a pair of black pants and a brown apron. Before the elevator reaching to the 2nd floor, the lady started humming in a soft voice. The guy who stood next to her politely asked, “How are you doing?”

“I am doing great!” she said. She paused for a second, and added, “Can’t be better!”

No one made a slight movement, as if no one had heard a sound. What a liar, I thought.

“Really?” the same guy said in a lifeless voice.

“Really. Every day when I wake up, I celebrate for having another day to live. I got up, brushed my teeth, cook and ate breakfast… I did all by myself; I didn’t need any help from others. Isn’t that great or what? Then, I come to work; I buy myself a cup of coffee to celebrate for having a good job. Really, I feel great!”

Ever since that day, I, too, celebrate for every day I get, but I don’t know how to take a photograph of that.

Thanks to Amy for another wonderful theme.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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27 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #23: Celebrations

  1. neihtn2012 says:

    I like this one: “Until further notice, celebrate everything.”

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  2. Leya says:

    Yes, we all really have something to celebrate, and being healthy and doing all right on our own – that is great. And a lovely winter’s day is not bad either!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Amy says:

    Your beautiful, calm snow photos reminded me the powdering snow in Colorado.
    I love the story! I agree, everyday we have something to celebrate.
    Thank your for sharing with us, Helen!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Helen C says:

      Good morning, Amy. Colorado is a pretty place, too 😉
      The lady reminded me how many things we had taken for granted like our good health. That was a wise lady.
      Great challenge! I enjoy doing it.
      Have a wonderful day!


  4. loisajay says:

    That woman has it all together, Helen. I like this story.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Tina Schell says:

    LOVED your elevators story. No photo required😊

    Liked by 1 person

    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Tina. I wish we could take photos with our mind. It would be a great group photo: one for when we first got in the elevator and one for when we got out.
      Have a wonderful day.


  6. Marie says:

    Lovely photos, brought back fond memories of Minnesota winters (maybe fond is too strong a word. 🙂 )

    Liked by 1 person

  7. serendipity says:

    Thanks for your snow photos! The story is great!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Perpetua says:

    A story filled with gratitude that cannot be capture in reel time.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. What a lovely story! (Also, I would rather celebrate by eating out than by slaving over a hot stove too.)

    Liked by 1 person

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  11. Lady Oscar says:

    Inspirational! Love it. Thank you very much. ^^

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Loved that story … thank you 🙂👏

    Liked by 1 person

  13. susurrus says:

    You did take a picture, but it was made from words.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Susan (hope I got your name right 😉 Clearly, you know me!
      I read your “about”… hey it is for people like me! 🙂 Looking forward to reading more of your posts.
      Have a great day.

      Liked by 1 person

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