There is a poem which I love and which features these lines:
"When love comes to ask,
what do you know?
I will say
this girl, this boy."
Certainly the love I have for my children is among the deepest and most intense of all the emotions which reside in my heart. But like most mothers, if they are honest, I will admit that there are times when I find my children less than lovable.
But then, I look at this photo.
Oh - this photograph!
It captures so much about why I love this girl intensely. She is up early to run a half-marathon with me (it's 5:00 a.m., Balboa Park, San Diego). She is part of of the iphone generation who is always ready to mug before a camera. She is raising money to fight cancer. She loves her dad, and you can read that on her race bib. She has come through a firestorm and is emerging as a person that she likes. And one that I love.
This photograph is my Photo-Heart Connection for June (a monthly self-reflection photography practice sponsored by Kat Sloma). You can read more about it here.
I actually took a lot of photographs this month which were contenders for my PHC. Here are a few of them:
My in-laws, Bill and Helen, married over 50 years, and he still holds her hand.
A display of TNT memorabilia, honoring our late team honoree Greg.
Oh Michael, how you capture the joy of our TNT season!
This one is all about the boy, and I'll tell the story this weekend during Sian's Storytelling Sunday.
This is Henry's girlfriend, Vanessa. I love how her inner-light shines as brightly as the sun behind her. A close contender for PHC, but she is not my girl.
And finally, Henry on graduation day, entering the high school library for the last time. He needed to stop in there to pick up his actual diploma. I love his reflection in the window, all the shadows on the wall and how his mortarboard decoration declares the next step on his journey (the University of Oregon). But, he was my photo-heart connection last month. And there is room in my heart for both my children.
Thank you Kat for sponsoring this practice! And thanks to everyone else for stopping by and leaving a comment. I love hearing your feedback on my photography.