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Notes from a Dad

Notes from a Dad

Perhaps my biggest frustration as a photographer is not taking more pictures of my family.  It’s a fairly logical assumption from friends and family that I must be taking pictures of my family on an almost daily basis.  Sadly not.

In fact I think the frustration I feel isn’t that of a photographer but rather than of a parent, it’s just that I should be in a situation whereby I can easily address it.

I think that the root of my frustration isn’t about not having enough photos of my children as they grow up, it’s that they seem to be growing up so fast and I’m struggling to take it all in, to keep up, to be the best Dad I can be, to remember all the amazing details of their childhood that I know I will forget and yes to take more pictures of them as well.

As I see the rapidity with which my children are growing up I am also perhaps faced with the speed as which I’m getting older.  I think this is often the time that we simple transfer our dreams and aspirations on to our children and accept that we’ll just silently live with those regrets of the things that we never did, the goals that we never achieved in the hope that our children will game-fully take the batten that they aren’t even aware we have passed on to them.

They say it’s always better to regret things you have done than things you haven’t done.  However much I love and repeat this quote it doesn’t make it any easier to live this ideal.

A couple of months ago I was send the poem below from my Dad.  I love this poem, although it plays heavily to my parental guilt of not being a bit more spontaneous and carefree.  It also makes me think how my Dad (in his late 70s) feels while reading this, did he wish he’d picked more daisies?  Did he send this to me to encourage me go out and pick those metaphorical daisies?  I don’t know.

I’d Pick More Daisies

If I had my life to live over, 
I’d dare to make more mistakes next time. 
I’d relax, I’d limber up. 
I would be sillier than I’ve been this trip. 
I would take fewer things seriously, 
take more chances, take more trips. 
I’d climb more mountains, 
and swim more rivers. 
I would eat more ice cream 
and less beans. 
I would perhaps have more actual troubles, 
but I’d have fewer imaginary ones. 
You see, 
I’m one of those people who lived seriously, 
sanely, hour after hour, 
day after day. 
Oh, I’ve had my moments, 
and if I had it to do over again, 
I’d have more of them. 
I’ve been one of those persons 
who never goes anywhere without a thermometer, 
a hot-water bottle, a raincoat, and a parachute. 
If I had to do it again, 
I would travel lighter than this trip. 
If I had my life to live over, 
I would start going barefoot earlier in the spring, 
and stay that way later in the fall. 
I would go to more dances, 
I would ride more merry-go-rounds. 
I would pick more daisies.

by Nadine Stair, age 85

So these photos below are me ‘picking more daisies’ – well except I’m not actually in any of them.  I don’t want to look back and regret not spending enough quality time or even enough quantity of time with my children.  I desperately want to take it all in, to savour every amazing moment of it but to start with I just wanted to take some more pictures of my children.

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 I’m getting there, albeit slowly……………

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