To say that Bonnie's diagnosis of breast cancer was a shock is a tremendous understatement. I watched from afar via blog updates as she continued to live a life of studied devotion. She handled her surgery, treatments and side effects with the same honesty and dry wit she applied to everything else in her life. She was still Bonnie - very much so.
And when they learned that her cancer was terminal - after they moved back to Utah to be with family for the final weeks or months or however long may be left - Bonnie and Adam allowed me the privilege to come into their home and photograph their life together. And so we met again, though this time I had my camera and the sobering understanding that our days are not as limitless as we might sometimes let ourselves think. I'm grateful I could make these photographs. Grateful for the opportunity to say good-bye. And I'm grateful to have known Bonnie. Though our connection was not particularly intimate, she brightened my days and taught me so very much. She'll not be forgotten by me.
"Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return."
- Mary Jean Irion
And the closing photo.
Bonnie, ever the lover of levity, would approve.