December 30, 2011

a year in pictures…

I like having a good old sticky beak at other people’s pictures on Facebook – happy snaps that capture the essence of a person, they tell a lot not only about where they’ve been but who they are.

Sometimes I notice that with the advent of smart-phones we tend to take a lot of pics of ourselves with our arm stretched out ahead of us – its as if the old fashioned camera is obsolete and all we have is our small phones as a way of recording what happens in life.

Ive written a few times here about my life as a single parent when my baby girl was mini…there were a lot of things that frightened me about raising a child alone but one of the things I remember mentioning to my dad a few months back was that I didn’t have an album of pictures of the two us us. Most of the shots I had filed away on my computer where either just of her or of her with other people. I think I was a little self conscious about asking people to take my camera and take shots of the two of us resulting in a pretty wonky celluloid history of her first couple of years.

Last Sunday my dad presented me with a gift he’d spent a bit of time making – he had remembered my story about not having many pics of my daughter and I so he had taken it upon himself to source all the pics he could find that catalogued the last 6 years – from big round belly pregnancy and beyond. I sobbed when I saw it all in the one place – not because it was my life in a green-bound album but because it was a present made with love and care.

So the next time you’re around a single mum or dad – grab their phone or their camera away from them, take a few pics that don’t involve an outstretched arm and just record their life for them.

We are surrounded by a multitude of pictures at the end of each calendar year, images that are supposed to symbolise a year that has passed but the ones we should really be looking back on are the ones we take ourselves.

Happy New Year everyone x

 

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  1. That is so sweet. What a lovely dad you have. Happy New Year.

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  2. Being a single Mum too I relate to that – what a lovely gift from your Dad!
    All the best for 2012!!

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  3. Oh I love this Sarah! And I definitely will!

    P.S. New Skype enabled laptop is in the works!!

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  4. Beautiful. And something I will always remember. Happy New Year, hope 2012 brings you everything you need. ;o)

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  5. What a lovely thoughtful gift! And what a great thought for everyone….! This year, I forced my kids to pose with me under the Christmas Tree, while I set up my camera on a tripod. It was very painful, due to their impatience, but so very worth it 😀

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    • Thanks Dorothy it’s lovely to hear from you, I see you a lot in the twitter sphere. Make those kids pose I say, they’ll thank you when they look back – alternatively give me a call and I’ll pop over and take some! HNY x

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  6. What a beautiful dad you must have! That is so thoughtful. Thanks for the tip about offering to take photo’s of single parents with their kiddo’s.

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  7. I wish I had more photos of myself to look back on. I spend most of the time behind the camera and avoiding photos of me, but now I almost no pictures of me growing up and being pregnant etc.

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