I am tuned in.
…to hearts & rhythms.
A perfect crescendo.
Patiently waiting, I know it is in that precise moment, where authenticity lives and breathes.
I have a visceral reaction.
Just then… A captured star sparkles.
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When baby #4 was born nearly two years ago, I knew it would be sooner than later that she would be sportin’ her new backpack and heading off to “school” (mom’s morning out program). I couldn’t really picture it, but knew eventually she would be running down the hallway, trying to copy her older siblings, and do it all by herself. And today was that day. Summer went by just a bit too quickly this year. That said, I actually had a few minutes to exercise today- and it got me thinking that with a few hours to myself a few days a week, I might actually come up for air.
Life long friends don’t just happen over night… they happen because they are with you through thick and thin… in sickness and in health…through good times and bad… and all the while time keeps on tickin’ tickin’ tickin’. This summer, I had the opportunity to hang out with some life-long friends from my “Richmond Ballet years”. It was surreal. We had beer, we had wine… we had children… EVERYWHERE. I was literally speechless at times, because being around *these* friends, all my head could think about was the past. The rehearsals, the shows, …the parties. I met most of these particular friends in the early 1990′s. Two days ago, one of them celebrated their 19th wedding Anniversary-Holy COW (as she always says!)!! We’ve traveled to each others weddings, retirement parties, 21st birthdays, 30th birthdays, 40th birthdays and most recently our children’s birthdays. And we have children… lots of them… EVERYWHERE. It was surreal to see us now. One of my (very famous) dance teachers back in dance school used to get so angry at us. She would yell, “OH! Just go home and make babies!!” And so Melissa Hayden, may she rest in peace, although we did have a dance career first, we came around and had those babies.
I was thrilled that I happened to bring my “real camera” as opposed to my
iphone travel camera , and snapped quite a few of one of my friend’s newest daughter Sylvia!! She is truly a doll.
Below are some of the kids…at least 8 are not pictured…
Make sure to celebrate the good times… they are truly memorable.
Remember the baby sleeping on his dad’s officer’s hat?
He is already ONE…his brother is three, and I got word in December that their dad would be leaving in January for a year. My heart stood still.
Mom wrote back:
“I know… my heart stood still not so much when he told me (he was going), but later, when I had time to think of how much he will miss with the boys.”
What happens in a year? Far more than I would like to think. Mom asked me to create a photograph so they could remember and record their family life right NOW. I want them to told hold onto these precious minutes together. And so, I hope I froze time for you. And boys, PLEASEEEEEEE don’t grow up too fast.
A HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR TO ALL OF OUR MILITARY FAMILIES FOR ALL YOU DO AND OF COURSE FOR YOUR TREMENDOUS SACRIFICE TO KEEP OUR COUNTRY SAFE.