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View of My Little Corner

View of My Little Corner
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Copyright: Kathleen Amiee (SandPiper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1215 W: 6 N: 1945] (7392)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-28
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Olympus E-10, Standard Oly E-10, Compact Flash Card, Tiffen UV
Exposure: f/2, 1/30 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Corners of our offices [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-03-29 4:35
Viewed: 3288
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Welcome to my world, both past and present. This is my little corner on Treklens where I take wing and fly to distance lands and sail across the oceans to visit friends who I have grown to admire, respect and love through our passion of photography. It is where we meet each day and exchange thoughts and ideas.

This is my Memory Room. I grew up under the shadow of the huge Gulf Oil sign you see on the wall. As an adult I still live in it's shadow and am comforted there. When I was 6 years old my father built a Gulf Service station. He took a chance and quit his job and we built the store, brick by brick. I remember the day we opened for business with a small stock of Gulf Oil products and only $40.00 in the cash register. It was all the money we had.....and after 33 years my hard working Mom and Dad had extended the building many times and built an empire out of an old Southern Country Store. The happiest days of my life were spent under this old sign and the love and devotion I had from both my parents will live with me forever. They always had time for me and they taught me to love nature, to love our world and to accept others for who they are and not what we want them to be. I was never spanked and disciple was not necessary. In my eyes, they were perfect. No little girl could have been cherished and protected more than I was growing up under the wings of the old Gulf Sign.
The saddest days of my life were spent under that old sign, also, that changed my life forever. The years passed swiftly, I left home and went to college and made a life of my own. I would drive home twice a month to see my then aging parents, who still opened the store at 6:00 AM and took care of a faithful crowd of customers. I was visited at my home when I was still a young girl with a child of my own, by my boss and our local Police Captain. I was given the tragic news that both my beloved parents had been shot and murdered in the store, under this old Gulf Sign. The motive was robbery and their amount of money they got from my Mother's cash register was $40.00....Ironically the amount we started the business with....My life was changed that day and has never been the same since......

This is my comfort room. It is filled with all the things I love and many things I grew up with. So next time you stop by my little corner, you will know a little more about me and I hope you will feel at home.

Happy Birthday, Treklens. And thank you, Adam, for giving me a warm and welcome home again underneath the shadow of the Old Gulf Sign......:O) Kat

vheus, DigiSpy, padre, muffled, Tim, Quark, mattnwal, alagoa, Ah_Thong, patcras, wilkinsonsg, balkermay, hojper, starkey666, gazo, naturegirl, perryhooter has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To perryhooter: Hello Robert......SandPiper 2 09-19 22:35
To Werewolf: Hi Dear Were....SandPiper 2 03-30 22:33
To starkey666: Hi Dennis...SandPiper 1 03-30 21:44
To hojper: Hi Dear Per...SandPiper 1 03-30 21:43
To balkermay: Merhaba, CanSandPiper 1 03-30 21:40
To wilkinsonsg: Hi, Stephen.....SandPiper 1 03-30 21:35
To mattnwal: Hi Jimmy....SandPiper 1 03-30 21:33
To Ah_Thong: Hi Thong...SandPiper 1 03-30 21:30
To alagoa: Hi, Ana...SandPiper 1 03-30 21:25
To technogran: Hi Joan...SandPiper 1 03-30 21:24
To Quark: Hi Hans....SandPiper 1 03-30 21:22
To Tim: Thanks, Tim...SandPiper 1 03-30 21:18
To padre: Hi Brent...SandPiper 1 03-30 00:53
To cloverstar: Hi Diana....SandPiper 1 03-30 00:51
To goc: Thanks,Goran....SandPiper 1 03-30 00:41
To Shutter2Think: Hi Richard...SandPiper 1 03-29 15:06
To vheus: Thank you, Volkan....SandPiper 1 03-29 09:13
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  • vheus Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 48 W: 7 N: 25] (251)
  • [2005-03-29 5:44]
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you've very nice corner Kathleen...
beautiful note with strong shot...
thank you for all beautiful thing that share with us....

you're very kind person....

thanks for sharing your memories with us

You share a part of your life with us Kat. A sad part of your life. Also you show us a happy corner of your home where you feel safe and loved. Now I can imagine you sitting here preparing all those little heart logos for us, and writing such interesting notes. You have a very nice office. I admire that 8x10 photo of a beautiful lady on your desk. I see you like to chew gum. Very nice colourful and happy scene.

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2005-03-29 9:29]
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A very warm touching story. I am always amazed at how often "places", "things", or "objects" take on both positive and negative energy. It is Yin and Yang. TFS, B

How touching a story and how beautiful your memoroes. So sad about the unpleasant end to your childhood life. It is good that you have these memories though. Life would be so cold without our beautiful memories of times past. I love your comfy setting and place of repose. So nice that we have these little islands of solitude. A wonderful post and commentary today. Thanks for bringing us into your world.

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  • Tim Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 18 N: 240] (1139)
  • [2005-03-29 11:33]
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Wow Kat, what a heart touching story. I really appreciate you sharing such a beautiful and yet painful memory and tribute of your parents and the family station/store. The memorabilia is interesting to me also.

God's best,


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  • Quark Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 1314 W: 11 N: 29] (66)
  • [2005-03-29 12:53]
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It's indeed, a "little corner" where you always talk about.... and dominated by this fantastic Gulf-sign and others, that's really nice, not expected from you.
I thought, we get an explanation about your corner, but now we know your whole life:-))
also a tragical part, I'm sorry for this....
From now on, I know "where" you are, when you are with us and that's good, dear friend.

Hi Kat,
Well...I'm sorry to hear about that awful experience. I lost both my parents at a younger age, too. It's something we both have in common that I wish we didn't. But, I'm glad you have some things to remember them by. And were able to build this "altar" to your memories.
Take care.

Thank you Kat for showing us your corner of the world and also into your heart. It is a very tragic loss to lose both parents, especially in such a senseless way. It is good that you have the wonderful memories to look back on also of your beloved parents loving you and guiding you through life. They are still with you in your own being.
Your corner looks cosy and full of memorobilia. The photos, the sign and the other small objects personalize your space. Thanks for sharing.

Thanks for both the photo & the note. It was wonderful to see your little corner. Thanks for sharing this with us!!

It's a very sharp concentration of details and reference.... The picture with the bal dress was probably you... Charmed.... I incline myself.... Like we are suppose to salute the classy girl :o) It's very nice view!

thanks for sharing your story, kathleen.. very touching and this photo is full with meanings and memories..

Thanks for sharing a very personal story with us. We tend to forget the tragedies that can happen in life. And how these tragedies shape our lives. They make us stronger. We see how fragile and unpredictable life is, so we begin to cherish it more. We learn to love more and hate less. We get up early to see the sun rise and then take the time to stop and watch it set. We turn a wallflower of a weed into a work of beauty. You’ve touched many lives with your words and photos, Kathleen. You’ve certainly touched mine.

Words fail me - very courageous note.

Kat, I just read your note and for once I am at a loss for words. It is lovely to see your little corner of the world, but your story shook me. But do you know that you write so well? This is not the first time that one of your stories has touched me deeply. Really to the point where I can't comment too much on the photo. Sorry about that. But I will put it into a theme geroup of mine, since I consider this your office.

Nice shot of your little corner Kat. The note is very touching and a excellent birthday gift for TL.

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 134 W: 0 N: 43] (516)
  • [2005-03-30 21:52]

... I'm touched!
Thank you for sharing that. It's very personal.

Take care

Oh, Kat...what a very touching story...thank you for sharing it with us. With each picture you post and story you tell I feel a closer bond to you. You have allowed us into your home, and now your heart... you are truly a treasure on this site...and I know that many feel the same way about you. You are a great photographer, and a wonderful caring person. I am a better person for knowing you.
Take care my friend,

Merhaba Kathleen...I like your corner's design...It includes all necessitates...:)) Paylaşımın için teşekkürler...


Hi Kat,
I saw your photo days ago, did not have time to comment.
When I saw your photo and red your note I fell silent. I had to return.
I think this photo is a view in your hart. It's full of memmories and things in progress right now. So very personal, I did not think of the impact this SH-item has when I suggested it in the forum. I think it has become one of the strongest parts of the hunt. It's so nice to browse through the various postings.

Your posting reaches to the top, your room is a sort of view on you. Your note adds. How sorry I am to read about your parents, what to say... well look me in the eye if you want, could, and I'll tell you, without words.
See you Kat, Richard

Hello Kat,

When I saw your office corner, I told to myself her husband owned a garage and is a real Car guy ! After reading your note, I was speachless. I understand now how precious these memories are. You are definitely a courageous woman.

Life is fragile. We realize it sometimes in the most cruel ways. Loosing a parent , a close friend , or co-worker is a very unpleasant moment.

This is an heartbreaking story. But it is also a great lesson of courage.

Thanks for sharing it.


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