Thursday, August 30, 2018

Forever Frozen

I'm always filled with mixed feelings at the end of Summer break.
I miss my kids terribly and it's always a little hard for me to realize that they spend more waking hours in a day with their teachers than with me,
but at the same time I love the return to consistent routine and schedule.

When looking back at the passage of time,
I am often filled with a strong desire to freeze a moment so that I can fully take it in.
Every expression, every sound, every feeling seems so fleeting and I feel like I need a few minutes to soak it all in and fully appreciate experiences.
That is one reason I love photography so much.
It enables me to freeze time--at least the visual aspect--so that I can revisit those moments again and again and feel those same feelings.
Like this day at the splash pad.
In looking back, I can carefully study my son's facial expression as it is frozen in tremendous excitement, or see the beautiful way the water droplets tumble over a boy, indefinitely suspended in orderly chaos.

I tend to have a one-track mind and I'm not very good at multi-tasking.
So capturing these individual moments in time makes it possible for me to more fully relish it all in hindsight.
And that makes the passage of time a little more bearable for this sentimental mama.


  1. I love these pictures! The splash pad looks so fun. Someone told me recently that they'd never heard of a splash pad before and they thought it might be a Utah thing. Do you have a lot of splash pads in Tennessee? I know there were a few in Texas, too. I just couldn't believe they didn't know what a splash pad was!

    1. There are a pretty good number of splash pads here, but most of them cost money to go to (no state taxes, so sometimes public commodities leave a little to be desired). This one is free, but it's 30 minutes from our house. But it's definitely not a Utah thing!! They were big in Texas long before they became a thing in Utah...

    2. Splash pads are big in Virginia too, but they're free. I think they're a big thing in the south because it gets so dang hot! Gotta have something to cool the kids down!!

    3. That's a good point! I bet they wouldn't be nearly as common in the northern states.

  2. That's good to know! It's too bad that most of them there cost money to go to, but I'm glad you found this one that's free. Looks like you guys had a great time!


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