Of course I was scared, but life goes on and my parents knew that. After that day, I was forced to continue my life without intruding my parents too much. My mother insisted that me and my brother would focus ourselves on our careers. Our parents were extremely proud we made it the way we did. Even though we didn’t choose the job like they did, we have found our happiness in photography and sports. It wasn’t easy because business became tough, especially for me as social media made it more possible for people to make pictures themselves. So I was looking for new ways that would make my work unique from other photographers. Luckily I was active on social media pretty soon, but I also expanded my portfolio and was available for different kinds of photography. One of these days I was invited to attend an opening where King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima would be present. It was a nice chance, but it was also the day my mother would receive the results of her first chemo’s.
Nevertheless I was present that day and I was able to make some nice pictures of them. In the end I was one of the few photographers allowed to go into the office with the King and Queen and some of the management staff. For a moment I was checking my phone really quickly. I noticed I received one message and because of the message I was glancing to my phone just to long.
‘Is everything okay?’ It was one of the managers.
‘Yes. No. I am sorry. I will continue.’ I quickly put my phone back in my pocket.
‘What’s wrong?’ The manager asked again. His voice was nice, but I wasn’t very familiar with him, so I felt hesitant to tell him. However, I did check her phone in front of the King ad Queen, so I felt somewhat obliged to.
‘My mom. She got her results, from her fist chemo sessions. I was curious. My apologies your majesties.’ I bowed lightly and politely with my head.
‘You don’t need to apologies’, the Queen answered quickly. ‘How bad is her condition?’
‘Bad. I am sorry. Thank you for asking. I will continue my job.’ I lifted my camera a bit.
‘She got her results today?’ The manager asked again. ‘Yet here you are, working.’
‘Well that’s one of the promises I made her. She doesn’t want me there, but my father is with her.’ I made a few pictures of the King and Queen with the managers. I noticed they were very relaxed, more then before. ‘I think she won’t forgive me, if I didn’t come home with some nice pictures of our King and Queen.’
Luckily everybody could laugh about my small joke. I could stay during the meeting and it wasn’t for long the King and Queen left.