I’m trying to capture occasional magical moments from the boy’s lives at the moment. Every day there’s at least one time where I stop to laugh out loud suddenly, or wonder at how delicious they are, but these moments rarely last long enough for me to pick up the camera or even think about picking up the camera. The great bits are often mixed up amongst the tantrums and the rushing around and the everyday chores.
Some days as a parent it feels like all I do is repeat a short list of commands endlessly.
“Eat your dinner!”
“Go to sleep!”
“Put your shoes on!”
“Leave him alone!”
Infact if I just had a tannoy system in my house with these phrases on repeat I would probably only need to speak half the time. Don’t get me wrong, I do say other (often nice) things inbetween the commands, it’s just the repetition can be kind of intense. I love how grandparents can revel so much in watching their grandchildren grow up from the distance of another generation. It’s so lovely to get involved without getting sucked into the whirlwind that is every day life with small ones. It’s also why I really enjoy spending a couple of hours with someone else’s family and being able to concentrate completely on documenting them.
So even if I only pick up my camera for 2 minutes or 10 minutes inbetween making snacks or cleaning up spills or deciding who had Thomas the Tank Engine first, it’s worthwhile. I just have to remind myself to do it sometimes. These moments when we concentrate on eachother are worth remembering.