Little Bird, Big Song

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This is a picture AD snapped of Sean and me one Sunday after church recently. I fussed with it in Photoshop (diffused glow I think) and ended up with this sort of aged and dreamy effect which I like.

It seems to capture the feeling I have of this season in my life where time is no longer pedestrian and linear but rather bounds like a gazelle, zigzagging from day to week to month and so quickly, my eyes can’t follow.  Hasn’t every parent looked at their child and asked themselves, “How did this happen?  Where did the time go?”

The cartoonist Jerry Van Amerongen who draws Ballard Street once said, “I feel like a little bird with a big song.”  When I look at this picture, that’s exactly how I feel.

Being that boys’ mom has put a mighty big song in my heart.

27 thoughts on “Little Bird, Big Song

  1. Oh, do I know how you feel! Where did the time go? It was only “yesterday” that my first child was born and now today, he is all grown up (21 next month) and in the Air Force. My middle son is in his freshman year of college and my little guy (seven) still calls me “Mommy”…thank goodness! The picture of you and Sean is beautiful. Have a nice weekend!

  2. Being that boy’s mom has put a mighty big song in my heart.

    I know that song! It’s the most profoundly beautiful music I have ever heard. I’ve been listening to it for almost 20 years now, and it’s still just as clear and sweet as it ever was.

  3. Oh, sweet. You are a walking(typing) billboard for photoshop and picasa….I need to get to editing. Great photo and even better verbal imagery – happy weekend!

  4. I can echo so many of your sentiments. Maybe because we became Antique Mommy’s to our little boys around the same time, so the life and light and smiles in your world are echoed in mine.

    Your next-to-closing line is nearly identical to one I wrote that will be posted on 5 Minutes for Mom’s “Sampler” later this month (next Friday maybe?).

    I think I like coming here because it’s familiar without being the sound of my own voice. Thanks for sharing your dear ones with the rest of us.

  5. what a lovely picture, isn’t it great to be able to fiddle with our photographs now instead of hoping that they come back from the shop at least half way decent!!

  6. OH my gosh! You’re so beautiful!! I was expecting flannel… and “bad hair” as you described yourself in previous post. Certainly NOT a sweater! The two of you are so cute and the picture is beautiful!

  7. You do so good with your pictures. I’m getting a camera and hope to learn something about photoshop and the other things.

  8. Oh, that all mommys understood the value of each day with their children…days not to be merely coped with, but treasured. They do fly by so fast. Our sons are now grown, (one still here and in college), and I continue to cherish every moment with them. AM, I think you captured the secret of savoring each day by your post on Joy.

  9. AM. I have to ask, after seeing the barn picture, how much of this picture is in the moment, will you be showing us the original untouched version? Isn’t the tech. stuff great, fooling the world and creating your own history at the same time (or not). Oh, just want to say I always like a mother and child photo!

    I guess I’m not clear on what you mean by “fooling the world and creating your own history”. As an artist, I use all kinds of tools to interpret my world and my life — words, paint, photography — but I don’t really see it as an effort to fool anyone or manufacture something that isn’t. ~ AM

  10. I love this picture of you and Sean. It is simply Beautiful. It needs to be blown up to at least a 16×20 or even larger and hung over a fireplace or somewhere it will be seen! Just beautiful and I’m also talking about the inner beauty of the love and happiness you two share.

  11. That is a beautiful picture. I would love to see the original too. I love your posts and I can totally relate to this one. My little one will be 4 next month and she is such a big girl now.

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