I have thousands of photos of my children. I have my camera with me everywhere we go. If it’s not my professional camera I will at least have my phone, which thanks to technology, has a pretty good camera itself. Half the time my boys just ignore my constant clicking and go about their day, which is exactly what I want them to do. The other half of the time they are yelling, “Mom!!! No more pictures!”. When they get to that point, that’s when I stop.
It has taken me a while to realize why I love my photos so much – I don’t remember a lot of my childhood. Those of you that know my husband, know that he has a crazy good memory. He remembers everything! So when he talks about his childhood memories and things he did growing up, it makes me realize how little I remember. And now with our kids, I don’t want to miss or forget a single moment with them, so I document it all. Every trip. Every sporting event. Every holiday. Every small thing. Every big thing. I want to remember the chubby little arms and legs, the wrinkles and rolls, the sweet baby bellies, and the knobby knees, the holey jeans, the snaggle teeth, the freckled faces. It’s easy to forget how little they once were. My boys are only 4 and 6 years old and still, I can hardly believe they were as small as they were! I know we are going to look back and think they look so small, but right now they look so big!
I don’t know about your children but mine love to hear stories of the silly things they did or said when they were learning to talk or walk. They love to see photos of when they were babies. We can sit for hours (ok, several minutes…they are boys after all) looking through photos of our family. They sit and laugh with each other until they can’t laugh anymore. They talk about the stories we tell them for days and ask for more. So if I can freeze time with my magic black box and save those moments in time, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. When they ask me to stop, I will stop for a while. But in the long run, I know that they will love these photos when they are grown. They will love looking back on all the memories we made together and telling their stories to their children one day.
“Little boys should never be sent to bed, they wake up a day older.” ~Peter Pan
Is there something you wish you could bottle up for safe keeping? What moments would you freeze in time, if you had the power to do so?
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