Friday, March 15, 2013

Photo+Quote | March Blog Hop

 

webAidan and his mom

Brian took this photograph eleven years ago this month in Ashland, Oregon. I knew just enough about photography to ask him to turn off the flash on our cheap point and shoot.

I don’t know who Kristi Barlett is, but I’m sure she wasn’t the first or the last to give this bit of advice. It may be a cliché, but it’s a good one. I know I’ve failed many times to take one day at a time, especially with my oldest child. My view is always the long one, and often I feared that some moment would define the future for us: if I supplement, will that mean the end of nursing? if we bring him in with us, will we be sharing our bed forever? if I quit to stay home, will I ever be able to work again? I wish I hadn’t allowed those worries to eat up a second of those precious days. Still, with all my worries and hormones, I have to grant myself this much: I more than enjoyed the journey. I relished those days.

And now that sweet babe is an eleven year old boy. And I still need the reminder to keep it all in perspective, take it one day at time. Just because he hates to take a shower now doesn’t mean he won’t bathe when he’s a grown man. Just because he seems to be insatiably hungry 24/7 doesn’t mean our grocery bills will bankrupt us (or will they?) When he stands close to me now, I know he’s not asking for a hug ---he’s measuring again his progress in reaching my height. But I hug him anyway, because I’m enjoying this journey.

Photo+Quote is a monthly series that I’m using to dig deeper into my own archives. On the 15th of every month we are challenged to pair a chosen quote with a photograph.You can see how the other photographers in the series interpreted this month’s quote by following the blog hop to Idie Atencio of Salt Lake City, Utah.




5 comments:

  1. What a great story, and so true about enjoying the journey with your children! Thanks for sharing this!

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  2. I love how you and Brad chose similar themes. Amazing how fast our kiddos grow, what a fun journey with them it is.

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  3. So sweet, Deirdre! My favorite part: "But I hug him anyway, because I’m enjoying this journey." Priceless.

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  4. Thanks Brad, Holly and Indie! I'm glad we've been able to keep the hop going for three months and always enjoy seeing your interpretations!

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  5. I love your back story on this photo as well as your perspective on live with your son in general! It's always so hard to keep it in perspective sometimes. Great job!!

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