100% Jana

To be given a name is an act of intimacy as powerful as any act of love…To name is to love. To be named is to be loved."--Madeleine L'Engle

My dad has been archiving digital copies of all of our old family photographs in preparation for the slide-show portion of my sister's wedding.

He posts a few to facebook (my mom gets veto power on our behalf for any embarrassing ones), but the others he just e-mails around every once in a while to us. 

He sent me this one yesterday. The subject line of the email is "100% Jana". 

That kind of melted my heart. I love that this is what my dad sees as 100% me. This was taken about 5 or 6 years ago, and I think I was home on vacation from my teaching job in California. I'm smiling, I look comfortable and relaxed, and I'm in one of my favorite places (my parents' garden) doing one of my favorite things. Those peaceful moments in the garden are one of the times I feel most me, and it surprises me when other people see those moments and recognize them, too.