Today, against my better judgment, I watched the live feed coming
from the commencement at the university where I worked for 18 years.
That was my last job, where I became ill, and had to quit on disability
in Dec-1999. I was the Photojournalist for the university. A wonderful
and very challenging job which required me to cover almost every possible
activity and event that took place, both on an off campus. I got to meet
and photograph many famous people including three Presidents, Billy Joel
w/Christie Brinkley and daughter Alexa, (as in his song 'The Down'easter Alexa').
I even did a family album for them. So many more including Harry Belafonte,
Leonard Bernstein, Cokie Roberts, Dith Pran ('The Killing Fields'), Al Roker,
Bill Cosby, Itzhak Perlman, (ok, so I'm name dropping).
But while I was watching the live feed, I didn't expect to see some close-ups
of the Photographer working who replaced me..that was weird. It so happens
she was a friend of mine for years, and I had lunch with her when she took
the job in 2000. She felt guilty about replacing me, and wanted my approval,
which I freely gave her. Still, it was weird to see, in the window of my laptop,
someone doing the job I did and loved all those years ago. Commencement
was always one of the busiest and most prepared for, days of the year. I miss
my career..mostly I miss the person I was before i became ill.