There are days when I feel a bit melancholy that my newspaper days are behind me. I always thought that community photojournalism could make a big difference (I still do) but somehow I feel what I do now doesn’t have the potential to make a change in the world. And then I have a day like this — a day when I had the honor of photographing Kira — a child with an undeniable energy, a curiosity for nature, a spunk for life and an easy laugh. In one quick hour, her contagious personality made me appreciate that what I do now may just be more important. Be kind and share some goodness because it may just be the thing someone needs today.
Norton Shores, Michigan
The Sass siblings have awesome personalities that popped out tonight from making great faces to screaming at spiders. I think they’ll sleep well tonight!
Henry stole my heart. He just got a few new teeth. He just learned to crawl. He makes THE best faces I’ve ever seen a baby make. He’s curious. He’s funny. Best of all, he really loves his mommy and daddy. I want to photograph this kiddo every year. He’s that cute.
July 1, 2014
The fourth Monday: I shared the fourth Monday with family again. This time at Muskegon State Park near the channel where freighters passing through is the biggest excitement of the day — that is if you ask the adults. If you asked Yuri and Harper it would be running with their cousins up and down the dunes, finding a hidden fort along the shores of Muskegon Lake, eating Ruth Ann’s ice-cream way past bedtime, acting out characters in their makeshift puppet show and sleeping in an old popup Starcraft camper.
Watching Yuri and Harper play with their cousins reminded me of my fond memories with my cousins — from trick-or-treating to balancing across the beam in our Pap’s big New England barn to having arguments. Yes, arguments. Somehow my cousin Eric asked me and my sister what we wanted to be when we grew up. My sister, Leni, answered a bulldozer driver and Eric said a baseball player. I said, “I want to be a mom.” They both told me that wasn’t a real job. The argument ensued and feelings were hurt. Isn’t it reassuring to know that sometimes a disagreement can turn into a fond memory when love is thrown in the mix?
“A cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.” – Marion C. Garretty