The weekend of September 10 and 11, 2016 marked ten years going with Dad on his trips to make pictures at Geneva on the Lake.
My summer sojourns began when Dad read about Eddie’s Grill in a Cleveland magazine article touting Northeast Ohio’s best hamburger joints. The staff let me sit with Dad at the sidewalk counter during our first visit the next weekend, beginning what has become a summer tradition.
Eddie and Anne Sezon (the owners), the staff, and repeat customers remember me patiently sitting on the sidewalk, and I devoted a chapter of my book to my summers at the lake. Because I’ve slowed down a bit due to an age-related heart and back conditions, Dad carries me from the parking lot to the sidewalk counter, and I don't walk as far down the strip. After a taste of a cheeseburger and a drink of water, I rest while Dad makes pictures.
Our trips to this Saturday night mecca for cruisin’ out East have been a photo op for Dad. “Once in a while the photo gods smile upon you,” he says. One night last summer, as he waited with his camera loaded with Ilford Delta 3200 high speed black and white film, a magic moment presented itself.
You can view the 11 x 14 artist’s proof of Dad’s timeless image at John Rehner Fine Art and Framing on Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, Ohio.
As the weekend of September 10 approached, Dad and I were sad that this chapter of good times was about to close.
Savoring each moment Sunday evening with gratitude and making pictures got us through our sadness.
We're grateful for every moment and for all the friends we've made over the years. God willing, we'll return next May to open another chapter of good times and our eleventh season at the lake.
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