Some time later, I was honored to visit the family again for another beautiful Maine wedding. More tears, more smiles, lots of hugs, lots and lots of laughter, and of course, confetti and New York, New York.
You can't imagine how excited I was when I found out "my" Mr. & Mrs. O. were expecting. I actually got a little teary when I was asked to take pregnancy portraits.
See? They just make your heart melt.
Of course, I have three little ones (three and HOLDING)... and I remember well how wonderful these moments are. Life runs at a frantic pace, and it's incredibly difficult to stop and savor moments that are soon lost.
This is why I love photography.
And also, why this poem by Ruth Hulbert Hamilton is one of my very favorites about parenting. It's called "Song for a Fifth Child," and I quote excerpts of it below.
Mother, O’ Mother, come shake out your cloth,
Empty the dustpan, poison the moth.
Hang out the washing, make up the bed,
Sew on a button and butter the bread.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew,
And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo.
But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't his eyes the most wonderful hue?
The cleaning and scrubbing can wait till tomorrow,
But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs; Dust go to sleep!
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.
So whether you're a mother, father, grandparent, auntie, cousin, friend... whatever - spend time with your little ones. Give those babies of yours extra hugs. (And take their picture!) They're changing and growing every day. What they are now will soon be gone. It will be replaced with something else wonderful, but as we all know, we can't turn back time.
We will only have the comfort of knowing we savored what we could...
and yes, we'll have the photographs.
So keep smiling :)