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A year of stories 1/52

This year, I am elated to be part of the A Year of Stories blog circle with a group of 15 phenomenally talented storytelling photographers.  Each week, we will each share stories through images and prose.
Brace yourself – this is an insanely inspiring group of artists!
After you read our story, follow the circle to Meredith Rockefeller Photography.

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A Year of Stories, week 1/52

This Christmas holiday, the idea that my son is growing up hit me hard.  As I watched the older cousins “play along” with the idea of Santa and my sister-in-law struggle with finding the perfect gift for a fickle 13-year-old teenager, the reality that my 7-year-old is on the brink of not being my little boy anymore became more of a reality.  When we returned from the vacation, I panicked a little bit, fearful that maybe I had missed those moments of a kid who still wanted to talk, laugh and play with his mom.  He is growing so quickly.

I mean, look at the size of these boy feet!  This was my view when I went to wake him for church on Sunday morning.


That afternoon, I felt the overwhelming need to ask him on a photo walk with me.  I wanted to talk and bond and grasp these few moments we have while he is still excited to spend time with me.  He jumped and played and climbed and was still all little boy!




After a while, he asked me if I would go to a bridge he had seen earlier.  I told him to lead the way and he took me there.


After I took this photo, he asked if he could see it.
“Why do I look so young?” he asked.
It was all I could do not to break down in tears right there on the bridge.

Then he asked if we could just stop taking photos for a while and talk.  And we did.


I DO want him to grow up.  I want to watch him become the incredible man that I know he will be.  I  just feel like sometimes I let my to do list get in the way of enjoying the journey while he does.  This Christmas reminded me that I need to say, “yes,” more when he comes to me requesting my time.


When he asks if I want to do a secret handshake choreographed to Make Me Whip.

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While he still wants me to walk him to the bus stop.


When he asks me if I want to build a “Lego Trophy Hall.”


When he asks me if I want to come to the field for a game of Frisbee.


I need to slow down, to say, “YES!” before my opportunities are gone.


Before there are no more photos where he asks why he looks so young.

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Don’t forget to follow the circle, starting with Meredith Rockefeller, to read all of the amazing stories from this week!!

January 11, 2016 - 4:56 pm

Laura Mood - Love these photos of H. So glad you said “yes” to all these wonderful things with him and that you documented them. They do grow up so fast.

January 12, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Julie Mak - I could relate to everything you wrote in this post, Mel! What a lovely reminder to slow down and truly take it all in. Btw the light in his bedroom is to die for!

January 13, 2016 - 4:23 am

tess - Love this post! And every image. What an amazing blog circle you’ve put together!

January 13, 2016 - 12:30 pm

Cynthia Dawson - I love all of these Mel! And you are so right to remember they won’t always be so little and to enjoy it. 🙂

January 13, 2016 - 2:14 pm

AnnMarie Denis - Hansen looks like such a fun kid! I love your action shots and that shot of his growing foot, AMAZING!

January 14, 2016 - 2:41 am

Renee Gravelle Bonuccelli - *tears*. My heart physically hurts if I dwell on how quickly time passes. I’m so grateful for each moment I remember to savor of their childhood. More walks. More talks. More Lego. More books. More fun. More saying yes! The imagery that accompanies your words are perfect!

January 14, 2016 - 10:17 am

Carey Pace - You told this so well, taking us along with you on the emotional journey as well as the physical one. So, so sweet.

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