20/100 and 21/100

Today was a two for one day.

The Circle of Confusion photography group meets on Tuesdays at a local coffee shop.

It's somehow easier to approach strangers and ask to take a portrait when the group is nearby.

I can say with confidence, "I meet my friends here to talk about our shared passion for photography. As much as I love the conversation, I love the making even more. I need to practice. May I take your photograph?"

In a few short minutes, I learn a lot about this young couple. They are recently married. They are moving to the downtown Fredericksburg area. She is from Canada. He works for the federal government. They are open and friendly and trusting, and I am the same.

 Abby | Princess Anne Street | Fredericksburg, Virginia | May 2018

Abby | Princess Anne Street | Fredericksburg, Virginia | May 2018

They don't ask for my advice. After all, we've just met. But they remind me of my husband and I almost 37 years ago. I doubt that longevity in a marriage in any way qualifies me to give advice to others, but staying more in love than out surely does.

 Devin | Princess Anne Street | Fredericksburg, Virginia | May 2018

Devin | Princess Anne Street | Fredericksburg, Virginia | May 2018

Marriage isn’t a fixed experience. It’s a continuous one. It changes form but is still always there, a rivulet under a frozen stream. Now, when I feel a break in the continuity of till death do us part, I think to myself, Get back in the river.
— Sarah Manguso, Ongoingness – The End of a Diary by