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

Sherpa and Me Β© 2008 Bo Mackison

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

Shadow Play, Me and My Sherpa Β© 2008 Bo Mackison

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.

About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Joanna Young says:

    What a beautiful post. Happy anniversary!


  2. go BB! happy anniversary. hope you like your snail mail today πŸ˜€

  3. rlovison says:

    Happy Anniversary Bo. πŸ™‚

  4. jeanabaena says:

    happy happy!

  5. Chris Osborne says:

    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. Happy anniversary to you and your Sherpa!

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

  8. gandalf says:

    Happy Anniversary to you dudes.

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

  9. Wonderful, splendid; happy anniversary

  10. Wonderfully said. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚

  11. Photo Sherpa says:

    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. πŸ™‚

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

  13. HeyJules says:

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

  14. Brought a tear to my eye! Congratulations.

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

  16. That’s so romantic!

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

  17. Happy belated anniversary!

    Here’s to many, many more!

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