It was Ilona’s little dog Charlie who came up to me to say hello in Azalea Park in Brookings. Ilona started up a friendly conversation and asked about my circular case. It is the bag that holds my reflector but she mistook it for a bag holding “discs” for disc golf, a game that has become extremely popular in this area. She told me that a disc golf course was set up in Azalea Park this summer, and I described that the same thing had happened in Gold Beach in the park where I walk. She loves how young people are enthusiastic and coming into the park to play. While we were talking, a young man walked past us with what looked like a camera bag holding an assortment of colored discs.
I asked about her accent and she told me that she and her husband had immigrated from Hungary in 1968. When I told her about the Strangers project, she liked the sound of it and said, “Yeah, sure, I guess so!” She was very cooperative and told me she once had been into photography herself. She held the reflector with one hand while I held the other side so I could angle it as needed. I’m pleased that I did better in terms of background this time. Her colorful scarf was a perfect accent to the scene. I offered to take a picture of her and Charlie together, which she definitely wanted, and then he went on to pose for a few shots of his own. He is sooo adorable!!!! When Charlie was 6 months old, his original owners didn’t want him anymore and Ilona took him in. As is often the case, the rescue turned out to be a win/win and precious little Charlie has enriched their lives immeasurably!
Thank you so much, Ilona, for participating in my project! It was a pleasure to meet you and perhaps we will meet again in the park. Please email me so I can send you pictures.