This was taken many years ago but it makes me laugh every single time I look at it.  This was one of my many attempts at taking a nice family photo at the beach.  The kids were 3 and 7 and as you can tell I could not even get it together enough toget nice clothes on them.  But that was not the worse of my problems that day.  Check out my face in this photo I was about to bite everyone’s head off and no one (including my own partner) was in the proper mood for a “perfect” family photo.  Okay, maybe my first born by 2 minutes was ready with her little smile but besides her there were no others.  And then the frisbee landed near and the rest was history...  I think I stormed out of the picture shortly after this because there is no trace of another regrouping of us at the beach on this trip.   

 

Isn’t that how it goes sometime.  You just wish you could show the perfect side of you to the world just a little better.  You know the side that you wish others could ONLY see when they looked at you, the side that is always looking pleasant and beautiful and somewhat put together.  Not looking like you wish you could jump off the cliff behind you...  You know like when someone tells you- you look really tired.  Yeah, that seems to happen to me a lot especially when the kids were really small.  All I wanted to look like was that I wasn’t totally losing it but some things are hard to hide.  I wonder if it all that healthy for us to really hide all of that anyway.  This photo means more to me than all the perfect smiling photos mean because it reminds me of REAL life!  The good the bad and the frustrating...  REAL LIFE...

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