“A good snapshot keeps a moment from running away.”
― Eudora Welty
(Note: We’ve been on vacation with NO COMPUTERS (ahhh, bliss!) so my usual “Thankful Thursday” post is a day late.)
My children are at that age when they have absolutely no desire to have their picture taken but yet, they love to look at pictures of themselves. It’s a frustrating process for any mom trying to document the fleeting moments of childhood.
Despite all the groans and hiding from my camera, they always, always, always want to hear the story, the mundane everyday details of what they did or said at the point in time when the photo was taken. Then they repeat the story, over and over to whoever will listen, until it becomes part of the personal history that shapes who they are.
For me it’s like capturing a piece of their childhood and making it stand still, if only for a moment.
I’ve heard it said that “the pictures you want tomorrow, you have to take today.” So I intentionally take photos of normal everyday things that I think are never going to happen again… before they never happen again. I take photos of my children falling asleep in my arms, snuggling with their favorite stuffed animal, trying to cut their own food, building couch forts, jumping on the trampoline, playing basketball…stupid stuff, important stuff, random, silly and serious stuff all mixed in. Like life – all mixed in – only in electronic format.
Thank You Moment
Being a mom is a season in life not a destination. I want to grab it and hold it and remember it for all the special everyday miracles it holds, even if my miracles look like this in 60% of my photos.
And sometimes, I’m just lucky enough to capture these moments too.
How about you? What moments do you wish you had more photos of? How can you be intentional about grabbing a moment before it gets away from you?
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