I've met a lot of new moms since becoming a mother, including Reem. Our kids mesh well and she's a sweet and creative soul who I love spending time with. Plus, she takes great photographs, like this one taken in a series of shots from a play date we had a few months back at Toy Park. My son is pushing her daughter on a yellow tractor and I love the angle of the pink-ribboned shoes juxtaposed next to my son's black-crocs. Hope they [and we] will be friends for a long time to come.
Like I said, I'm super lucky to have super-awesome friends who happen to possess exceptional photography skills. Like this photograph taken on my son's second birthday by my friends Cylinda and Yen [and why yes, that is a hand posing as a branch back there!] I don't know when the moment happens when you suddenly become fully self-aware, when your photographed smiles are taken with a hint of self-regard, but that is why I love this shot, because it captures toddlerhood exactly. Pure joy felt = pure joy expressed, no more and no less.
I love how effectively Cylinda captured the colors in this shot. I also love the juxtaposition of the present with the future in this picture taken on a college campus of PhD's and mid-term examinations where my little guy crouches down in the courtyard with his little blue ball and takes a break to count the blades of grass.
My cousin Aamina is more my sister than my cousin, and when she came the first few weeks after my son was born to help me, she showered me with unconditional love and took lovely photos, like this one. And when I look at it I think, really, how was he ever quite this small?
But this picture makes me think of more than this. Because I also see in this picture the person behind the scenes, me: sitting on the couch with unwashed hair, tears quick to the surface thanks to a flood of hormones, baffled by breastfeeding and wondering how on earth she was going to take care of this helpless little creature that couldn't even lift his head off his little red pillow.
Sifting through memories, good friends, and seeing how far I've come. A beautiful Thursday indeed. Hope you had a great Thursday too, and seriously, Thursday or not, you'll enjoy this cute little meme!