if i had my camera…

if i’d had my camera with me, i would have taken pictures of the 13 little bodies following me down the slushy sidewalk.  having just left the chaos of passing out valentines, we were airing out.

if i had my camera, i would have taken pictures of them walking balance beam style on the parking lot curb behind me, arms out to balance themselves.

if i had my camera, i would have taken pictures of the 2 inch deep handprints we could make in that slushy goodness.

if i had my camera, i would have taken pictures of the ridiculously cooperative feat of making a snow baby.  she’s sleeping in the freezer now.

but the picture i want most is of the moment we paused in the sun.  that winter sun that is so penetrating it seems to dull all other noises.  i closed my eyes and whispered gratitude for it.  with the 13 little ones close enough that i could hear them breathing and  that their feet were still, i kept my eyes closed for a moment longer.

then i opened my eyes to see many of their eyes closed too, red cheeked faces turned towards the sun, in a small town, in the middle of it all.

that’s what i wish i had a picture of.


3 thoughts on “if i had my camera…

  1. Hi Kristin !!! We just finished reading “If I had my camera” and it touched our hearts. We have the beautiful calendar above our TV and we see your charming birthday girls on the two pages, February and March. How we would love to be with you all to celebrate their birthdays. Your Dad was here last week and we sent their birthday gifts with him. Loads of love to all of you. Oma/omi and Opa/opi.


  2. Apparently a camera isn’t always needed. I was there with the kids – eyes closed – seeing everything just as clearly as can be.

    Love you so much. Can’t wait to see you in just a few days.


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