It’s been a whirlwind few weeks.. We were recently in Ontario sharing and photographing an extremely special day with our good friends Joe and Becky and then it was back to Vancouver for BalletBC’s presentation of Alberta Ballet’s Fumbling Toward Ecstasy with Sarah Mclachlan. There’s been meetings a plenty, couples booking weddings and maternity and newborn sessions thrown in the mix and not to mention my day job in the hospital in between all this craziness and excitement!
Yesterday though, I finally got some downtime with a few of my favorite little people. When my upstairs neighbour Liz and I went back to work we did a lot of trading of childcare and every Monday I had all four kids but these days with Koa in school and Syx and I on opposite schedules the days I watch them all are few and far between.
And maybe it was because I hadn’t seen them all interact together in awhile but there was something so different about watching them play this time. Armenie the biter and Arlo the hitter who usually can’t be trusted together were spotted snuggling under blankets together lost in conversation.
“You hair long Armenie.”
“Yes Arlo, LONG!”
“Sing song with me?”
“Yes! Twinkle twinkle?”
The four of them sat around the table at lunch, helping eachother and chatting amongst themselves while I swept the floor.
Hanna: When you get old, you die alone.
Koa: But it takes a long time, like a 100 years.
Arlo: No, don’t want to!
Koa: It’s okay Arlo, then you get to go to heaven.
Hanna: Or just come back as a cat, but I still want my name to be Hanna.
Hanna went on to explain that our spirits don’t ever die and if we want we can come back to life as another person or a bug or something. “Whatever you want!”
There was something thoughtful in their eyes as they spoke to eachother with those tiny gentle voices. Something I had never noticed before.
It had been a couple of weeks since I truly felt like picking up my camera for myself, but I knew I had to capture these faces right then and there.
What joy have you found today?