3 gems.

Discovered these in the mad nonsensical rush to finish the baby book. The procrastination has left me dusting off old computers, phones; searching through social media sites as well as e-mail. Next, to call the pediatrician. It feels good to almost have it done, to write a personal history, and to remember. Does anyone do hard copy baby books anymore?

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These three photos don’t really look like my son, and to my eyes, don’t look all that similar. By definition they do, since they are in fact him; but each managed to capture a look that he grew out of quickly. Oh how fast the changes come, with the constancy of waves on the shore, leaving pieces to exist, save for images, only in memory.

2 Poems

Favorites…

Not Writing:

A wasp rises to its papery
nest under the eaves
where it daubs

at the gray shape,
but seems unable
to enter its own house.

– Jane Kenyon

 

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud:

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
– William Wordsworth
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Both, relatable. The first as clean, with lovely prose, as the second is dreamy.

Recently

We have been packing, traveling, and sorting through things. I will have more images to share next week.

But for now, I have started a project to get some pictures printed and one-day-displayed. I am happy with a 4×6 grid. Here are some layout options I have been working through.  The first ‘varies the feast’ by distributing colors and composition throughout, second one is more gradient & starts from muted colors at the top working down to vibrant colors, final option starts with bright colors and ends with the black and white photos.

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{The pictures were printed using an app called ‘impressed’; they are matte squares with a white border.}

This post inspired the project visually.

Getting family photos printed as a way to boost your child’s self esteem and re-tell their family history was something I read about which cited a study from Tulane University; this is the intent of the project. We have lived in the Northeast for almost 5 years, far from our families, and I want a way to celebrate the good memories we have made here and the kindness of community.