Sentimental Candy Shoppes

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I have a joke book job due tomorrow that I’m only two pages into (Yes, I’m in TROUBLE and praying for caffeinated miracles) and I have 32-plus gigs of photos to process from a wedding I shot yesterday (first ever real wedding job. Oh man! So hard!) so naturally, I feel like blogging would be a great way to deal with this feeling of overwhelming overwhelment.  Is there a word for that?  Brain stuck.

I just thought I’d pop in and share these photos. They came out really cute. My niece is in town. She’s sixteen and things have been a bit, turbulent. But amongst the ups and downs there have been little moments of happiness and love. On a whim, I took my big camera with us on a trip to the candy store on Balboa Island and I’m so glad I did. That place is so colorful. It somehow captures what happiness looks like, even though I don’t even like candy that much.

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Of course, the kids love candy. Even though these salt-water taffies are probably made in some factory in LA and have nothing to do with the local sea flavor, they somehow just taste better when they are purchased from a little store on an island surrounded by murky Pacific Ocean bay water. Maybe it’s the ocean air we breath while we walk around the island, eating them out of a bag and admiring all the little cottages. Memories are funny that way. We’ve done it hundreds of times and it’s sentimental.

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We love you, Rapunzel! With all of our flawed hearts.