When did she go from a rocking chick to thunderbirds? This beautiful Maine gal has grown right before her momma’s very eyes. I am sure as Lisa was preparing for Jasmine eighth grade year there was a few somber moments. As we were driving to the location of her photoshoot, in between the giggles and planning I began to really listen to Jasmine. She would sporadically share her memories with me. I think my favorite was about her little chick’s and how she loved watching them grow. You see one of her feather friends had recently lost his buddy due to a fox. Jasmine described how sad it was to watch him search in the yard for her. This reminded me that soon Lisa will be looking for her little chick as she grows through her high school years and leaves the nest. But for now she will remain in the coop.
I think this is why it is even more important to honor these years and that is why I am here. For far too long Momma’s have been the ones taking the pictures and that means they are left out of them. Momma’s please become part of their experience so that when they leave the nest and they will you, are left with amazing visual portraits of the experience that you shared together. Let’s make it special, unique and memorable. I know exactly what it is like to look back on my daughters years and not see one portrait of me with them. My heart literally broke, no one told me that I would be missing these moments. No one said that when she is a senior and preparing to move on that you will be proud, joyful for her, sad and your heart breaking all in one swoop. If you find yourself at a loss for words then show her through a visual story of how you are watching her evolve and what a beautiful experience it is. Then package up the keepsake boxes one for her and one for you, so that you may put it beside your bed or in a special place where you can take it out from time to time and revisit the moment you had together creating a flashback of reflection.
Until we meet again Jasmine have a great first day of Eighth grade and Lisa thank you for you sharing your gift with me.