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.

5 comments:

  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!

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    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...

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    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!!

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

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  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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