Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Leaving Proof of My Love

I have a very hard time just grabbing my kids and snapping a photo with them. I spend about 95% of my SAHM life lounging in pajamas, with my unwashed hair in a gnarly rats nest on top of my head, and my face completely make-up free. And don't even get me started on my eyebrows... what the heck?

Do I want that recorded in a photo for all time, so people can see just how awful I look? No.

BUT, I was just reading my lovely friend Amanda's blog and she posted this BEAUTIFUL tribute (go read it! Go!) to a fellow artist, blogger, and most important of all, mother Aleida Franklin, who tragically passed away in 2008, leaving behind her two small children.

Aleida wasn't afraid to take pictures with her kids. She knew that she didn't need to have her hair styled and her make up done, in order to be beautiful in her kid's eyes. All she had to be was their mom, and she wanted to photograph that, so her kids would remember how much she loved being with them always.
So here I am: Wonky eyebrows, a rats nest instead of hair, and absolutely no make up whatsoever.

I look at this picture and think "Aw... Annelie is so adorable," followed quickly by, "Ack, I look like crap! Delete, delete, delete!"

But one day, Annelie will look at this photo and smile. She wont think my eyebrows look awful. She wont think, "Blech, Mom. Go put some make up on." She'll think I'm beautiful. And she'll treasure the photo of the two of us together.

Or else she'll be like, "Mom, you're so lame. Leave me alone. Me and my boyfriend Killer are leaving on a motorcycle and never coming back."

But whatever. At least there will be photographic proof that I love her.

xoxo,

12 comments:

AlyGatr said...

Who are you kidding, you look lovely as always! But...I know we can always be our own harshest critics. At least now I have proof that I'm not the only one who runs around the house without a spot of makeup :) I swear the two of you could be twins...and I'd believe it if you told me you were really her older sister!!!

Denise Felton said...

You're gorgeous. Just like you are. And Annalie is your mini-me!

My youngest is 20 now, and I still leave the house without brushing my hair or putting on make-up. Of course, in my case, it causes the Wal-Mart employees to scream a little. But you don't have to worry about that for at least 40 years.

The Momma said...

Awwww, those are sweet!

I RARELY do anything to my hair and I NEVER wear make-up. I also don't take enough photos with my girls. I think it's about time to remedy that!!

Oh Mandie! said...

I look like total crap in all of my pictures with my boys, but thats life and thats the mother that they see each and everyday, not the made up pretty one, which I think is a blessing to have them see and love me naturally :)

And pssssh you like freaking HOT in that picture, so I don't want to hear anything about wonky elbows ever again!

ElegantSnobbery said...

Oh seriously, folks, you flatter!! And aw shucks, thank you!

Whimsical Creations said...

You look great.

I really need to hand my camera to my husband and get more pictures of me with the kids.

Janna said...

Thanks for the reminder post! I'm guilty too of not being in many photos and deleting the ones I am in because I look like a slob. I need to find a mom near me and we need to do mom+kids photo shoots for each other.

Momma J said...

Ok you totally just made me cry - that is so touching. And girlfriend, you are pretty even not made up!

Hearttohearts said...

You loook beautiful!!!! And your little girl is so cute

DancingMooney ♥ said...

Well, I think it's a darling picture... so kudos to you for going there!

:)


Janell

Betty Chiang said...

Well said... we all need reminders. And good thing we have friends to remind us ;)

Cathy said...

you look great!! and your post made me cry...it's true - treasure every moment...

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