I feel like this whole post could be turned into a meme on Facebook, but hey … beaumont lifestyle photographer coming through. My first instinct is ALWAYS to grab the camera before saving the kid from being eaten by a camel. And no, I didn’t just make that up.
Five months ago, we moved. For five months, he’s been told repeatedly, “Leave those blinds alone before you break them!” Several times a day. Just these blinds. He isn’t interested in a single other window in this whole house.
E has a pretty big imagination. I love that about him. So when he grabbed the string and swung from it while hollering like Tarzan, causing the whole frame of the blinds to snap in half, in some ways it felt wrong to fuss at him for it. We’re big Disney Tarzan fans in this house. Still, he’s been told. Repeatedly. Several times a day. And I have this weird phobia-quirk where I need all the curtains and blinds closed at night, or else I feel like someone is just standing outside the window watching me. So I was mad.
That night, I couldn’t sleep. It’s not really a rarity for me, but normally I push through it and fall asleep sometime in the wee hours of the morning. After feeling like I was just dozing off and on all night, I got up and went to the couch. I was able to lay there and watch the sky change from the prettiest royal blue to a warm, golden yellow as the sun rose. I was able to watch the mist lift from the ground. And when E shuffled into the living room shortly after the sun woke up, and plopped himself right in front of this unobstructed window that had caused us both grief the day before, I was able to just sit there and watch the way the morning sun fell on his hair and lit up his profile. The way it highlighted the things that are still a baby about him and the things that are desperately trying to turn into a little boy while I’m not looking. The way I could see the teenager he will one day be, but also the way I could just sit and appreciate the toddler that he is now. And I was moved.
You guys always tell me – “My house isn’t pretty enough.” Yes it is. You think it isn’t because when you look at it, you see the messes that need to be picked up, floors to be swept, dishes to be washed, shelves to be dusted You see where the dog peed when he was a puppy and the scratch from your kid’s favorite toy in your beloved hardwoods. But when you take a step outside your comfort zone and look back in – the mess is what makes it magical. I forget too, but boy when the reminder slaps me in the face – wooooooooooo. I wouldn’t trade a single one of them.
These images are so special to me. They move me every time I see them. They are the kind of images I will always carry in my heart of my little boy. They are why I do what I do – to capture the perfect moments in this perfectly imperfect life. To praise the beauty in the brokenness, and celebrate the magic in the mess.
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Jo Truncali is the premier Beaumont lifestyle photographer specializing in family imagery. Serving all of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana, including but not limited to Beaumont, Houston, Lake Charles and surrounding areas. Available for travel worldwide.