Photography by Wild Prairie Photography
Meet B. She is Beauty Revived.
|I want to introduce you to B: beautiful woman and mother. She has two boys, M and J. She always puts those boys first. In everything she does. That is what she did when she packed up what she could in her car and moved away from the life that she had. She knew that, in the end, her boys would thank her. They would applaud her for paving the way for a better life for them. A new life, in Colorado.
I met B a few months ago. We were both down on our luck. Lost in the world of how to get around. How to get through to the next day without breaking. She ended up being a rock for me personally. That is what makes her a beautiful woman. She is selfless. She is that ear her friends can use.: to share their deepest thoughts and worst fears. She holds it together everyday for her boys. However, life was not always that way for Ms. B.
We have to face the fact that domestic violence is ever prevalent in our society today. I suppose there will always be those people who wish to control others in a way that is not humane. That is not proper. The numbers tell a tale, one that is almost hard to swallow. In an average year, over 4 MILLION women are victims of physical domestic violence. That is 1 in 4. Men are not left out either, their numbers aren’t much better; 1 in 7 for them. These stat are just from the U.S. and it does not include victims of emotional abuse (though usually these go hand in hand). Pretty overwhelming if you ask me.
When did we become a society that allows for this to continue? Has it been this way all along? The most important question however is, how can we raise awareness to get it to stop? How can we show our children that violence is not the way to live a life. To show compassion for others at their weakest moments? To show unconditional but healthy love? There can be classes and therapies and jail time. However, these routes do not change a person much once an “abuser” lifestyle has been engrained in them. The best way to have sustained change is by example.
That is what sweet Ms. B is doing for her boys. She is being the example. She didn’t give up nor give in. She realized that the way they had been living their lives was not proper. That the life they had; it really was no life at all and as hard as it was, she broke free. She saved herself and almost more importantly, she saved her boys. Boys that would have grown up seeing and hearing things that no child should have to witness. Boys that quite possibly could have morphed into abusers themselves. Children are very impressionable and they learn from example, this is no new fact.
Ms. B and her boys are adjusting to their new life fabulously. It has not been an easy road but it has been a safe one. Full of love, laughter, kisses and tears. She has made her way in this world, on her own. She is making it. Doing it. Succeeding at it. I cannot think of anyone more beautiful in my life. Ms. B. You are an amazing woman. You bloomed into this sturdy strong flower that is breathtakingly gorgeous. Like a branch that breaks, is mended and grows back stronger than ever, you are an example. That life can be good after a stormy sea. That if enough try is put forth; amazing things can happen.
About the Photographer
Sandy is a resident of beautiful Colorado. She moved there earlier this year to start a new life with her two sweet babes. Her focus is natural light documentary/lifestyle photography and loves to take photos whenever an opportunity presents itself. Firm believer in karma, lover of the color green, afghan junkie and girl of the mountains. Kindness is key to life. Share the love.