Sometimes look at my boys and think to myself:
When did you get so big?
How long have you been able to do that?
Sometimes I get so caught up in our daily routines that I almost believe that time isn’t passing. It is one day to the next, alarm clock off to alarm clock set. Our days are a mixture of rush and slow that seem to blend together.
So maybe it is no wonder that I sometimes get taken by surprise by their Big and their Independent.
For his last birthday, we bought Captain Alpha a tablet. He has shown interest in taking pictures for the last couple of years, and he was looking forward to using the camera feature. Every so often, I would see him snapping a photo or two, but I didn’t give his photos much thought – until the other day, that is. I was looking something up on his tablet when I saw the little gallery icon; I asked if I could look at his pictures.
As I swiped my way through the past few months of images from his life, I was amazed to see such a unique point of view on familiar people and places. I was seeing the world through his eyes.
There were several sunset photos.
And some of his dad blowing bubbles.
The lake shore.
The branches we saw on a walk.
His brother, in the tent when we went camping last summer.
An afternoon snack at a favourite spot.
In 80 photographs, he only took 6 selfies – including this one with his brother, my favourite subjects ever:
Looking at his pictures gave me another moment of “How did this happen? Weren’t you just born, like, last week?”
But that was followed by a sense of knowing this growing-too-fast boy just a little better for having seen his world through his lens. I understand that part of him that likes to record his moments in photographs – because he got that from his very proud
Do your children like taking photographs? What are their favourite subjects?
With the exception of the first photograph (which was taken by me,) all photos in this post were taken by Captain Alpha. He agreed to let me write about what it was like to see life the way he does and gave me permission to use his photos.