It is the last Friday of the month and time for another installment in the “Life Stories” series. If you have missed the previous “Life Stories” posts, it is a monthly project that I am doing with a group of photographer-friends. We take a little time each month to find the beauty and magic in daily family life. Our kids aren’t posed or wearing “portrait” clothes. You may occasionally see a laundry basket in the background or smudges on the windows– it is true life as it happens. At the end of this blog post, you will find a link to the next participating photographer in our group.
Since Valentine’s Day was last week, it only seems appropriate to do this month’s Life Story about ‘love’. If you listen to all the hype; the appropriate way to show someone your love is to buy them expensive flowers, take them out to dinner in an over-crowded restaurant. To buy them cards and flowers that will get tossed in the trash. Personally, I think there are much better and more true expressions of love. Kids have it right– something honest and from the heart means SO MUCH more than things you can buy at a card store.
My kids express their love by giving gifts. They are all generous and give things freely. Whether is it s a new drawing, a favorite toy, or a special art project, they frequently give me their treasures. My kitchen windowsill is getting quite a collection of “treasures”, including rocks from the backyard; ceramic pots made in art class; a slightly creepy dude sitting on a small rug woven out of yarn; and a “love flag” made with crayons, scrap paper, and a paint brush.
It isn’t often that you get to hold a little piece of someone’s heart in your hands. I am honored that they want to share their treasures with me. These little trinkets might not be worth very much money, but they are priceless in my eyes.
Thanks for sharing my “Life Story” this month. Please check out the next photographer in the line up, Audrey Frantz of Audrey Frantz Photography. You can find her February Life Story here.