I don't think it's a mystery that I take a shit-ton of pictures of my family. I have always felt (since day 1) that having lots of pictures was important because I never want to forget ANYTHING. IT ALL MATTERS. The milestones (no matter how wee), the setbacks, the catastrophes, the clusterfucks, etc. -- I WANT IT ALL. I want copies on my poor, overstressed hard drive & on my trusty iPhone (which currently has 5,211 pictures on it, and I've deleted a crapload), and I want them forever ingrained in my memory because I never want to forget ANY OF IT. EVER.
I did a mini photo shoot with my girlies last week for the R-WORD.ORG SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD DAY, and as I was reviewing them to pick my favorites, I had to laugh at some of the bloopers I captured as well. [Note: I am *NOT* a photographer. I'm just a mom who carries her iPhone everywhere who couldn't tell you what aperture or f-stop or ISO meant to save her ass. Maybe someday in my "spare time" I will brush up on those!] People may automatically assume that because the girls are developmentally like newborns (or so "they" say) that they're incapable of having "normal" reactions to their surroundings. Or they may think that they have no personality or no ability to show how they feel. Or they may wrongly believe that they're "not in there" or "a vegetable" or maybe even not worthy of life. (Don't EVEN get me started... That's why I moderate the comments on this blog. There are some evil people out there
who can kiss my ass.)
I must confess (SO sorry to rat you out, my little "angels!")... Claire & Lola are soooo 11.5 & 6.5 years old (and all that each age entails!). They are very much siblings. They are definitely capable of fighting, drama, sibling rivalry, and "talking back" to their parents and/or brother. They don't hesitate to express themselves and their feelings. They may be non-verbal, but their thoughts are definitely HEARD. They are mouthy, emotional, silly, and I swear to GOD, they get my humor. They show love, they comfort one another and us, they respond to their surroundings, and they most definitely know us/know they're loved/know they run this household/know they're "the shit"/know they're the founding OG's of the WSD (West Side Dwarves)/etc. That's the bidness, man. (Shout out to Snoop D-O-double G!!!!! Our girls are *SO* not on board with this whole "Snoop Lion" bullshit.)
On that note (!), I will let the below pictures speak for themselves. In sequential order, I present to you my bazillionth micro mini photo shoot...
My three favorites... God, I love these girls o' mine.
"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it." ~ Confucius