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June 12, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Me and My Sherpa

Today is one of those milestone days, the special ones people celebrate because so many years ago on this certain date, a special event happened.

Today is a special day for my Sherpa and me.

My Sherpa is the guy who hangs around with me and lugs my camera gear when we go on our weekend photo shoots. I’m the one that gets to ooh and aah and click the shutter, and my Sherpa is the one that cheers me on. He’s also the one that usually pulls out the checkbook at the camera supply store and signs the receipt. He’s the one that says, “Go for it!” when I get crazy ideas.

Sherpa and Me

Sometimes we get tired and feel rather down on the ground and spend days searching for the best way to climb all those stairs that make our knees ache. But together we climb to the top, and it’s doable because we don’t have to go it alone. We struggle upwards together.

Me and My Sherpa

Other times we’ve made it to the top and we stand together and cheer. Cheer for the really good parts of life and cheer because we are lucky to share our lives this time around. Cheer because we’ve fought the hard parts and survived – and survived to smile again.

32 years ago today, it was 90 degrees in central Illinois and together we stood in a packed church and while I sobbed and he cracked jokes, we both managed to say “I do” at the right time. We both made a promise to do our best, to live our lives together, to be there for each other – good times, bad times, sickness, health. So far we’ve done just that.

And so today we celebrate . . . because life is good. Together.


  1. Joanna Young / Jun 12 2008 2:22 am

    What a beautiful post. Happy anniversary!


  2. jpt / Jun 12 2008 6:04 am

    go BB! happy anniversary. hope you like your snail mail today 😀

  3. rlovison / Jun 12 2008 6:25 am

    Happy Anniversary Bo. 🙂

  4. jeanabaena / Jun 12 2008 7:12 am

    happy happy!

  5. Chris Osborne / Jun 12 2008 7:21 am

    I’m glad y’all have stayed together this long. I hope you both make it for a long, long time.

    As for the photographs with this post, I really like how you put the shadows of you two in there. The one with the stairs is a great angle, and I really like how you got the water being so still in the other one.

  6. montucky / Jun 12 2008 9:05 am

    Happy anniversary to you and your Sherpa!

  7. Anna Surface / Jun 12 2008 9:18 am

    Beautiful, Bo, what you had written and the photos. Both photos are great. The stairs are somewhat symbolic… Happy anniversary!!!!! Celebrate!!!! 🙂

  8. gandalf / Jun 12 2008 9:19 am

    Happy Anniversary to you dudes.

    Cool shadows, but I’m a sucker for the shadow play of your photos.

  9. uphilldowndale / Jun 12 2008 9:35 am

    Wonderful, splendid; happy anniversary

  10. Robin / Jun 12 2008 10:14 am

    Wonderfully said. 🙂 Happy Anniversary, Bo, to you and your Sherpa!

    I love the photos of the two of you.

    My husband and I were married in the bicentennial year, too. We’ll be celebrating our 32 years together in August. 🙂

  11. Photo Sherpa / Jun 12 2008 11:10 am

    Happy Anniversary my lovely photographer wife & companion. I’ll be your Sherpa as long as you wish.

    BTW, I look pretty good in those photos. You hid the gray very well. 🙂

  12. Susan / Jun 12 2008 1:04 pm

    Wow — 32 years is quite an accomplishment! Happy Anniversary, Bo and Sherp!!

  13. HeyJules / Jun 12 2008 5:53 pm

    Way to go Bo! What a wonderful reason to celebrate life. May your marriage continue to be blessed.

  14. Lesley Smitheringale / Jun 12 2008 9:20 pm

    Brought a tear to my eye! Congratulations.

  15. Bo / Jun 15 2008 9:05 am

    Thanks, everyone. We had an exciting day to celebrate our anniversary – tornadoes and floods!

  16. amuirin / Jun 15 2008 8:53 pm

    That’s so romantic!

    And it’s so cute that you call him your sherpa. Happy, happy anniversary. (belatedly)

  17. gypsy-heart / Jun 16 2008 8:10 am

    Happy belated anniversary!

    Here’s to many, many more!

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