My goal has always been to help them, but I just can't do it alone. I've tried for years. We've been through so much. This is the first portrait I take of them and i've been with a Camera by my side for 7 years.
This is the happiness that I always wanted to see from them, but I realize that after this moment life returns to its normality. The thought that one day they will eventually pass away is in the back of my mind on a daily....
It's a bit haunting, to be honest.
We have been together. we've grown laughed and suffered through circumstances that are beyond what I'd consider a normal life trial or tribulation. We've even experienced losing our lively hoods due to a suffering business, years of spiraling downward, throughout all my years in college. That lead to eventually becoming homeless together, various times, where money became too scarce. One of the last times we went through it, the desperation it created was huge because we had no longer any options.
My Ex Girlfriends Mother helped us get back on our feet.... a year later, Maria hit the Island. We were at another loss and dealt with the destruction for about 40 days and nights, before my fathers cheek began to swell up and we chose to leave Puerto Rico and go live with my Brother in Tampa Florida.
After reaching Tampa, everything settled down for a long time, but we were all very confused. Now we had to deal with a new issue in that we had entire lives prior to moving from the Island and had no idea how to incorporate it into this new place. All of my familys clients were gone, my people were left behind as well. It was, look at your ceiling and asking God.. " What now?" kind of moment.
My Dad has studied all of his life, the ultimate Handy Man my Mom is a specialist, an Esthetician who specializes in Acids, to help maintain the skin. It was her success that drove the creation of the Company originally and it was also a driving factor to their success on the Island. She is an amazing Teacher and is also always studying, just like my dad.
If you're wondering why the Company failed, it was because of a distribution deal that my Mom depended on and built the entire company around, which went sour. The Product Company took advantage of what my Parents built and kept it for themselves after she sacrificed her original course to make a leap and introduce the Product Line to Puerto Rico. It's success lead the company to cut her off and attempt to keep the client base for themselves. My mom taught over 500 professional estheticians how to use these products. As it grew, they took over and my Mom was left with nothing. She didn't quit, she created her own product line and it was great. She just no longer had the income to fund good packaging, distribution, and over the years the difficulties of scaling the company put them at a standstill and slowly spiraled down to nothing.
6 - 7 years my Parents fought for their company. The lawyers told them, if you create a Lawsuit you may win, but they will clean you out before that happens. Take the money you have and start from scratch and that's what they did.
See.. I'm tired of seeing them struggle through, they've been through so much already, they've done nothing but push and push, but to get pennies in return. I want to see them rest, relax and enjoy life.
That's why i'm asking for $"110010" It's Binary for 2 and I love them. I don't want to see them die without being able to enjoy life a little. It's been years since they've been able to sit back. They need help and I can't do it alone.
They've suffered enough. Help me save my parents, they have no idea i'm doing this, but i'd like to surprise them with something they can smile about.
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