Once upon a time, I hated taking pictures, hated having them taken, hated most everything about them. In many ways, I thought photographs ruined the event for me. I would remember an event with fondness, look at a photograph and see something that contradicted my memory of the experience.
I think I've come a long way since then in allowing photos to be taken and in seeing the value of a picture. But I still struggle with photographs. If I'm busy taking pictures, I'm not really experiencing the event. So I'll often arrive at an event or performance for my daughter with no camera in hand. Thankfully the iPhone has mostly taken care of this - especially since we arrived in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday for a month long vacation... only to realize the camera was at home. This time it wasn't really my fault - I gave our family camera to my middle daughter a few weeks ago, since she enjoys playing photographer much more than I do. I'm not sure whether I left the camera off her packing list or she neglected to pack it. Either way, we'll be documenting this trip via phone cameras.
As much as I have mixed emotions about photographs and the way we use them as a substitute for real experience, they are a lovely way to share something with others.
I'd like to have the words to tell you about our day - about waking up whenever we want, reading in bed before breakfast and heading out to a nearby state park, where we saw a lighthouse, hiked a trail and meandered a shoreline. But I'm not sure words can capture the bittersweetness of watching A and B walk along ahead of me, heads inclined towards each other. Nor can I give you the feel of the bark underneath your hands. Or make your eyes squint as you look up and realize how brightly blue the sky really is.
But if you're inclined towards a vacation sometime soon - or your own seems so far away that you can't yet glimpse it on the horizon - take a few minutes and journey along with us on an ordinary day that was an extraordinary gift.
|K, B and A walk to Eagle Bluff lighthouse|
|It feels like paper under your hand|
|B stops to rest - and get the dirt out of her shoe|
|About as close as A will get to this cold water|
|My cute husband|
|I swear I watched them get older with every step they took|
|J teaching K to skip stones|
|We've driven 16 hours - and arrived right back at Hemlock|