On being present

“…the biggest mistake I made is the one that most of us make while doing this. I did not live in the moment enough. This is particularly clear now that the moment is gone, captured only in photographs.”

“There is one picture of the three on them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages 6, 4, and 1.”

“And I wish I could remember what we ate, and what we talked about, and how they sounded, and how they looked when they slept that night. I wish I had not been in a hurry to get on to the next things: dinner, bath, book, bed.”

“I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.”

Anna Quindlen

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3 Responses to On being present

  1. Fourth Breakfast says:

    Love thses shots! In a similar vein, see this post: http://www.traceyclark.com/blog/2012/4/18/thoughts-on-being-there.html

  2. I love the photos…and the smiles.

    • Thank you, although I think I need to make an effort to take some photos when they’re not smiling. When I see people’s photos of their babies crying, I wish I had those. It’s all part of the life we want to remember, right? The happy times and the sad.

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