I’m going to get this photo blown up big to hang on my wall. It is so precious. Of course, those of you who know me will wonder why I would want this, when it’s clearly not my little boy… but there is actually a very good reason:it’s my husband.
From the date on the photograph, I figure he’s exactly the age that our son Ben is right now. And see that wad of brown pillow under his head? That is Charlie, the puppy my husband slept with all through his childhood… the very same puppy our little boy snuggles up with every night now.
I’m so thankful that David’s dad was so good with his film camera back in the 70’s, and that they took the time to archive all those slides so we can sit through slideshows at Christmastime and see the way our children are growing to look like their parents. I’m a great lover of photography – especially where my children are concerned. Every time I sort through photographs we’ve taken, I realize how quickly our children change, and how precious every stage of their development is to me. And I know (I know because I’m a Dave Ramsey fan too), that good professional photography can seem expensive and it’s sometimes difficult to justify as a “need”, but when I look at this photograph of my husband, I realize how quickly this moment passed, and how quickly my little boy will grow past this precious stage, and I know that I wouldn’t trade a new dress for this image, or a dinner at a restaurant, or a month’s worth of Starbucks (and I realllllly love Starbucks). Your photographs are what will last. These are the memories you get to keep.