As soon as you become a parent you start to feel it. Time. It goes so quickly sometimes it takes your breath away. There’s that saying. ‘The days are long but the years are short.’ Never has it felt so apt as when you have children.
The days CAN be long sometimes. Sometimes they can feel never ending. The constant ‘Mama Mama’, the never ending wiping of a runny nose, the third load of washing whizzing round in the washing machine that day. Or those days at home where you literally count the seconds till bedtime, where you breathe a sigh of relief when little heads finally touch the pillow and you can have a moment to yourself.
Of course it goes without saying that being a Mum is the best thing that has ever happened to me. But it isn’t always amazing days out, holidays or birthday celebrations. Life is often ordinary. However you can guarantee that when our children are old and grown, that yes we will appreciate those exciting moments- but we will also appreciate the ordinary ones far more.
One day your little girl might lose those beautiful blond ringlets that cascade down her back. Or her beautiful long eyelashes that flicker when she sleeps. Your son one day will be too big to go on his Daddy’s shoulders. He will no longer have those little bruised knees that are an inevitable part of childhood adventures. Your baby won’t have two little teeth poking out from their gummy smile forever. One day they won’t crawl about in just their nappy.
We think that we will always remember the special moments in our children’s lives. And that’s true. We will remember. Those amazing moments- like the day they are born, the day we first hold them in our arms and see those little eyes blinking back at us. Those first steps, those first days at school, even further in the future to their first school dance or even their wedding day. We will remember them, of course we will. But my children are five, three and five months and already some memories are growing hazy.
That’s why I love photography. Because with the simple click of a shutter button you can capture the memories forever. Time has a horrible way of erasing details doesn’t it? But by taking photos you can help preserve those moments, especially the ordinary ones- not that first day home from the hospital with your newborn, but the third. Or fourth. Or even the tenth. The one where your tiny son or daughter fell asleep on their Daddy’s chest, curled up like a frog while you watched television. That photo when you hadn’t washed your hair for a week, when your eye bags were huge, but where you are smiling at your baby like life couldn’t get any better.
Use whatever camera you have on you, whether it’s your phone or a fancy DSLR. Snap away. Record those memories. Capture those smallest details. Those most ordinary moments. The extraordinary ones too. One day I can guarantee we will all want to relive the different stages of our growing family. We can’t turn back time, but we can help preserve the memories, even in just a small way.
That’s the beauty of a photograph.