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Forging Upward and Onward

A photo I shot in 1976 in San Benito County where I was born and grew up

"You've come a long way," a fellow editor had said to me (out of the blue I might add) as three of us co-workers were eating lunch on a lovely Saturday afternoon (it could've been Sunday, but does it really matter)  many years ago.

If I had been quick on my feet, or just less shy, I would've retorted, "You came further." She, after all, had migrated from Chicago to San Francisco, while my hometown was less than a 100 miles away.

But, she wasn't talking about distance. She was referring to the fact that my parents were "uneducated" immigrants from an impoverished country who did not have a grasp on the English language, and who were only able to "achieve" farm jobs in the United States. As if all that would make a difference on their ability to do well in a new world or for their daughter to complete college and become a —gasp—professional.

After all these years, I still don't understand why my colleague said such a thing nor why she had a need to say it. Could it have been insecurity? I don't know.  I was reminded again about that moment by some of the things I've been hearing and reading lately.

© 2012 Su-sieee! Mac. All rights reserved.

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  2. Susie, this is a great photo. It tells the story of a person connected to the Earth.

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  3. i can see the comment as a referral of how far you may have come with photography with this great shot, but it doesn't sound like that was her intent.

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)

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