The Things I Didn’t Take Pictures Of Today
Today was such an ordinary for us. Wake up, watch a show while mom wakes up, breakfast, get dressed, post office, trip to the mall with my mother-in-law for cooler weather clothes shopping for the ever-growing kids and lunch, naps for the kids and relaxing and cleaning up for me, playing outside, making and eating dinner, playing more, a quick visit from my mom, some quiet time alone, waiting for a favorite tv show to come on while I upload the day’s pictures and blog and check emails and read blogs.
I took a lot of pictures today. More than I have in quite some time. More in the vein of awareness of the small normal daily bits and pieces around me.
The thing that struck me repeatedly, though, was how many things I didn’t photograph. Things I try to remember in a day, but never will if I don’t write them down…
: The tiny bit of baby that still comes through in her stance when she squats to look at something on the ground.
: The way her body is starting to look so strong and capable as she runs and moves.
: The shape of her sleepy body at the top of the stairs when she woke up in the middle of the night last night, sleeping in a new dress with her hair all wild.
: The way his hand slips into mine as we’re about to cross a street and the way she doesn’t really need to do the same anymore (but it sure feels good when she does.)
: The quick flush of pink on his cheeks if he gets hot at all, just like his mama.
: The in-the-moment awareness and concentration of little ones balancing on landscaping timbers in the parking lot as we get out of the car to go into the post office.
: The excitement they express as they stamp and mail letters.
: The lightness in her step as she chatters all day, most often about the fairy farm and fairy garden where we live.
: The way she tenderly puts her arm around him and kisses the top of his head and tells him what a good job he’s doing with potty training.
: The way they screech at each other 3 minutes later over a pair of binoculars.
: Listening to him cross over this week into full sentences and thought expression.
: The delicious chill I felt in the air this evening.
: The happiness it brings me to have a few summer days of low humidity.
: The constant sound of cicadas, day and night. When it stops suddenly before too long, it will take us a few days to realize why things seem so quiet. You’re welcome for not adding the pictures I took of all of their empty shells clinging to tree branches;)
: The guilt I felt walking out the door tonight for some alone time. I should have stayed and spent the time with my husband.
It’s funny how often I think these sorts of things in a day. So many moment that remind me to be present, to be aware, to be engaged. Moments unrelated to taking a photograph and the bits and pieces that really do make up a life.