Friday, October 17, 2008

Raising Boys

I never had brothers.
Boys are new to me.
At least they were until I gave birth to one.
(Yes, I'm making a distinction between MEN and BOYS . . . getting "used" to Earl was so easy!).
I remember when I was a teacher's aide, watching the boys in the classroom and being fascinated by them.
I wanted to have a little boy.
(Said in the whiney voice of that girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory who wanted everything).
Every once in a while something happens to remind me that
I DO have boys.
I even have a ten-year old boy.

David loves to read.
When I take the kids to Barnes and Noble,
it's funny . . .
Emily turns left (to the fiction),
and David turns right (to the non-fiction).
It's almost like they are on auto-pilot.

I took David the other night to spend a gift card he got for his birthday.
He bought a book.
Since then I have learned things that I never knew before,
or that I even knew I needed to know.

Did you know . . .

* If you live in the desert (and don't leave it), you have a 100% chance of never being eaten by a shark. It's true!

If you drink water from shallow pools in central Africa, you could get a guinea worm that eventually will begin to wiggle it's way through your skin (or eyeball!). It takes weeks for it to come out, so you have to carry a stick around with you with the front part of the worm wrapped around it. Wow! How do those African women do dishes or laundry with having to hold onto those sticks??

* If you are lucky enough to go swimming in the Amazon (my kids have recently just been prohibited from doing this!), you may come in contact with a Toothpick Fish that may take up residence inside of you. That's all I'm going to say on that one. Ewww!

I learned that if ever I am being chased by an alligator, their jaws are really hard to open (weak muscles), so I would easily be able to hold them shut with my hands. Just jump on their back and hold them tight. If I felt I could do it with just one hand, a good punch in the eye with the other one would probably do the trick in deterring the beast from continuing his pursuit.

I have been entertained by all kinds of fascinating facts.
It has truly been amazing.
And if you don't already have one,
I would highly recommend
getting one of these . . .

a ten year old boy.
They are so much fun!

Friday, October 10, 2008


It hasn't felt much like fall lately.
Until today.
It actually felt "fallish".
Slight breeze in the air.
Leaves floating to the ground.

Fortunately, I had decided to take this morning
and get some "outdoor" shots of the kids,
hoping for a better group shot than what I got inside last month.

The above shot turned out nicely and I think we'll print that one.
Then we just had fun goofing off,
while Mom "practiced".

A friend loaned me a book by Annabel Williams
and it is so practical and helpful.
I've been trying to practice some of what I've "learned".

Here are a few of the "entry way" shots we took.

(This one is a little out of focus though . . . not unusual for shots of Jonathan!)

I liked this one in black and white.
I've entitled it, "The Thinker".
(That actually is a natural pose for him.)

After our outing today,
I've decided what I REALLY NEED to take my photography to the next level.

I need one of these GREAT photographers whose photographs I love looking at and that inspire me to go out and keep learning,
to come spend a day with me and my children
and follow me and my camera around
whispering in my ear
all their secrets
and all their tips
and all their thoughts on how to make "this" a better shot.
I want to be able to have a "photographic mentor", if you will,
to travel along with me for a day,
whom I can ask questions of.

It doesn't hurt to ask . . . (smile)

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