My friend challenged me to go out shooting random people (with the goal being six different images). Unfortunately, I didn’t quite make it to six that I’m pleased with, but I did get three that I liked.
It was the final day of shooting Grace’s new pilot and she was soon to be on a plane to New York for a couple days to finish editing and tying the final pieces together. She was already awake and drinking her coffee, scrolling back and forth between social media. She was trying to take her mind off of things.
Chester woke up and emerged from the bedroom a few minutes after her. He sleepily walked around and rubbed his eyes to try and wake himself up. He spots Grace at the counter, sipping her coffee and knows he is going to miss seeing that for a couple of days. He walks up to her and kisses her temple. “Good morning” he says. “Morning” she says and sips from her cup again. “Are you excited?” he asks and pours himself a cup of coffee. Grace nods. “I’m scared but excited” she says. “Scared of what?” he asks. Grace shrugs. “I don’t know…scared that it’s not going to go further than a pilot..” she says. Chester nods and steps towards her. He puts his finger under her chin and lifts it up to look at him. “Whatever happens, I am proud of you and I love you very much” he says. Grace smiles and instantly feels better.
The support he gave her constantly made everything better and suddenly she wasn’t nervous anymore. Chester checks the clock and it’s a few minutes past 9:30am. He goes for the fridge and pulls out apple juice, a bottle, and a bag of cheerios. He gathers everything, pouring the apple juice into the bottle and adding water. He grabs the baby bag and some extra baby clothes and diapers. He adds a stuffed animal and zips the bag up. “Where is that going?” Grace asks pointing to the bag he has set aside near the couch. “Well I was gonna take Max to my mom’s for a little. I have some stuff I have to get done” he says. Grace nods. “Did you pack Thomas?” she asks. “Oh duh! Thanks for the reminder” he says and goes to grab him.
He grabs the small stuffed animal bunny and puts it in the bag. The bunny was a baby shower gift and it’s been in their house ever since. If it’s not in Max’s hands, or mouth, it was in the crib. It came in handy when they couldn’t get Max to calm down. Grace goes to Max’s room and lifts him out of his crib. She kisses the top of his head and rocks him back and forth, playing with the ends of his curly hair. She makes him a bottle and changes him. They play for a little while Chester takes a shower and gets himself together. Before she knows it, it’s time to go to the airport.
Chester walks her in, with Max in his arms. They get to her terminal and have to say their good byes. Grace hugs and kisses Max, tickling him and making him laugh loudly in the airport. “I’m gonna miss you” she says and kisses his drooly mouth again. She hugs Chester tight and he tells her to breathe and everything will be okay. “No matter what..” he starts.“I am proud of you and I love you” he says. He cups her face, with one hand and kisses her slowly. “Call us when you land, ok?” he says. Grace nods. “I love you” she says. Chester hugs her one more time and kisses her forehead. “Say bye to mommy” Chester says to Max. Max blows a sloppy kiss and it makes Grace miss him already. She grabs her things and heads into her terminal. “Wave goodbye” Chester says to Max and waves goodbye.
Max throws a fit when Grace finally disappears down the hall and Chester calms him down, telling him mommy will be back soon. As he pulls away from the airport, he can feel himself becoming overwhelmed with happiness for his wife. She worked hard and deserved everything she got. He just hoped she understood that. He dropped Max off at his parents and got started on his project.
“Ok, so I didn’t have anything planned for today so I’m going to do a Q&A for you guys. I hope you…”. There was a knock on the door. “Oh my room service is here. I ordered martinis!”
Grace opens the door and her heart begins to beat faster. “I couldn’t let you film your last day alone” he says. Grace doesn’t know what to say and is in utter shock. “Are you going to invite me in?” he asks. Grace pulls him into her and hugs him tight around the neck. “I’m so glad you’re here” she says. Chester holds onto her and hugs her tight because there was nothing that needed to be said. He was proud of her and that’s all that mattered.