There is a quote I saw floating around on the internet and I don’t know who it officially came from or belongs to, but it goes like this: ‘today is the childhood our kids will remember.’ I have come to love that little collection of words and think of it often on both good and bad days, like when I have just been asked to lick a fake ice cream cone for the hundreth time and continue to do so reluctantly, or play tea party the morning after driving my girls the 12 hours home from vacation though I can barely keep my eyes open, or when I watch my oldest daughter run towards the ocean with that ridiculous hair of hers and wonder when she got so grown up and when it was that she became so stunning to look at. As I sat down tonight to go through a large chunk of photos that I have taken recently, I realized this: that looking through the very lens of my camera is like looking at their childhood. I am seeing now what they will remember in the years to come. Flashes of the trips that they will look back on, how they spent their summers, occasions when I dressed them alike, the colorful ice creams they preferred, the way their hair would get so blonde in the sunlight. I just hope they look back on it as fondly as I am enjoying it in the moment.
My best (biggest) girl was happy to wake up with me to catch the sunrise the last morning of vacation.
Blue on blue on blue.
Two pretty important ladies in my life (and one niece or nephew on the way).
Searching for seashells in our jammies.
My happy, happy baby girl.
Hope you’re having a great summer!