This week, I heart faces is celebrating breast cancer awareness month with Pink Week.
So let me tell you the story of this photo.
On Saturday I went for my regular walk along the seafront at Cottesloe. We usually walk all the way to Swanborne and back.
Nearing the Swanborne end we came across one of the benches which had been wrapped in pink tulle.
Must be a wedding says Groover.
So I took a photo – it’s not something you see everyday – and we went on our merry way.
It was hot.
The hottest October day for many many years.
It was much cooler the following day and again we got up to do our walk.
(Slightly hungover – it must be said – from a party the night before.)
When we got to the bench I noticed a lady unwrapping the tulle.
I asked her what it was in aid of.
Her friend had died three years ago, and every year they decorate her bench and sit and drink champagne and think of her.
She was young.
And she was a survivor.
I must have had that “hang on… that does not compute” look on my face.
Her friend had been diagnosed with breast cancer and told she would only have 18 months to live.
She survived for ten years.
She was a believer in positive thinking and complementary medicine.
A survivor indeed.
And I think she would like the fact that her friends continue to honour her memory.
I wonder how long they will come to her bench…