A Kodak Moment Isn't Staged
Those of us who have children know that most of the time, they will ham it up for the camera. If you whip it out, they will whip out a crazy look, a kooky smile, or do something off-the-wall. But a true Kodak Moment cannot be staged. A true Kodak Moment happens naturally. It catches you when you least expect to see it. And it rips your heart away if you don't forever catch that moment on film.
As many of my blog readers know, we have six children - 5 boys and a girl. Our 6 year old daughter is stuck right in the middle - 2 boys older than her, 3 boys younger. As the only girl in a house full of boys, she does quite a bit of juggling to get her quiet time. Usually, her quiet time is spent in her bedroom with books or paper dolls (she's definitely a girlie-girl). But sometimes, just sometimes, she catches a moment when all time seems to stand still.
I was visiting a client's house on this particular day and decided to take Sarai with me. It was just at the end of this past summer (2010) and had just gotten so that we needed jackets going outside. She is always excited to go with me without any of the other children and chattered away all the way to my client's house. When we arrived, the first thing she saw was this baby Weeping Willow tree.
She spent the entire time outside playing under the willow. When it was time to leave, she asked if she could take the tree with her because it made her feel comfortable. Since that wasn't going to happen, she told the tree goodbye and that she would see it later.
The entire time she spent walking under that tree, talking to it, and just sitting quietly. It was so precious I had to get it on film. And every time I look at this picture, I think of how peaceful she was for just those few moments.
This post is written as a submission to the ActiveRain 'Kodak Moments' contest. I have the chance to win the KODAK EASYSHARE M580 Digital Camera
To participate in the ActiveRain contest, visit the blog post announcing the contest from Kodak and ActiveRain.