2012 was a leap year, so there are 366 photos in this 365 project. Based on all other truths about my life, this seems relevant and fitting. Rachel picked me up from JFK at 7am on Monday, January 31, and we drove first to Brooklyn to drop off my bags and then to New Jersey to ring in the New Year in her empty suburban house with her cute dog.
I had told her she didn’t have to do all that driving, that I could take a cab to Brooklyn and she could meet me there, or even better I could take a cab to Brooklyn and then a train out to New Jersey, but she had laughed at me when I suggested all that. Don’t be an idiot, she said. I love you, she said. I’ll be at the airport at 6:45, she said. Incase your plane gets in early.
When we landed (early, like she thought we might) I got off the plane, said goodbye to my family who still had to fly to Boston, grabbed my bag from the conveyer belt, and walked outside to find Rae’s blue car parked directly in front of the Jet Blue terminal. She had a hot chai tea waiting for me in a travel mug.
We did all our driving, and then we went to pick up groceries so I could make New Year’s Eve dinner, just like last year. We spent the evening alone. We made a delicious dinner and kissed a lot and watched back to back episodes of Buffy. We ate fancy chocolate Rae had bought us in Seattle and we mixed delicious drinks and we kissed some more.
We took this goofy photo about 10 minutes before midnight, practicing for the photo we would take when the clock actually struck 12, but we never took that one. We laughed about our noisemakers that didn’t work and the blue glitter that fell off her hat and landed everywhere and her dog’s fascination with all of our New Year’s Eve accessories. We forgot about the camera and just sat together, being in love, being together, being happy.
And then suddenly it was 2013 and it was a new year and this photo project is over but I think there’s more to come, I’m just not sure what yet.
I’ll be updating this blog one more time, with a written reflection about what this project taught me about photography and myself and life and this past year. Thanks so much for following along. This was a good thing to do. I’m really glad I stuck it out and finished it.
Happy New Year.
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