During a recent client visit, my curiosity helped remind me why I do this.
“Does he look the same?” I asked, gesturing toward the beautifully matted piece of art we’d created together last year.
I expected Lisa to tell me of how much her now curly-haired, four year-old had grown since I last saw him.
“No,” she exclaimed. “His hair is straight now!”
To my surprise, she explained that her son’s adorable ringlets—captured perfectly in the picture—had abruptly relaxed into subtle waves just after our Family Art Session.
“I’m so glad we did this when we did”, she told me.
Not all change is so drastic.
But we all know that everyone changes in time. Most significantly, our children.
Yet, we often put off one of the few things that can soothe the bittersweetness of change.
Our photographs—made and displayed as art in our homes—can’t stop the inevitability of change: the missing teeth, the disappearance of chunky baby thighs, or being able to hold them in your arms.
But they can make us grateful for this stage of life right now and in the future.
You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.
~ Benjamin Franklin
So many mothers lament the passing of time in their family lives, which is what compels them to work with me. If you’re feeling bittersweet about your little one changing, let’s do something productive with those feelings.
Let’s stockpile the beauty of the here and now. Together.