Friday, March 27, 2009

And, After She Was Gone, Joy Arrived.

I recently went to a tea party at Jack's preschool. It was a party just for Mommas and their preschoolers. They were studying Africa, so they made wooden necklaces for us.

Jack worked so hard on his necklace.

I was so proud of him. He was so proud of him.

So, I asked him to show it to me so I could take a picture of him with his necklace.

And, then this bossy stage Momma rose from within me, wielding her camera and a vision, and started workin' my boy.

"Jack, smile for me and show me your necklace."

"Oooh, that's a great smile, but just smile like you always do."

"Hmm. Well, not so much with your face squished up."

"Ok, how about not such a big smile."

"But, don't close your eyes so much."

At which point, I gave the bossy one a talking to and kicked her to the curb. And realized, for the bazillionth time, that all the coaxing in the world can't produce on the face of a four year-old the look of true joy that naturally comes from within.

So, I knelt down next to him, told him I was sorry, and gave him a smooch. And said, "You smile however you want, bud. And, Momma will take your picture, ok?"

He smiled. And, I clicked.

Joy had arrived.


  1. Sarah: Write a book.

    You have what it takes.

    Do it.

    Love it.

  2. Your play-by-play just made the pictures all the funnier!!! Oh, how I can RELATE!

    Those are the moments I think I appreciate the "working" pictures best! Heeeeee

  3. Once again you brought the giggles out in me! And... He is beautiful.

  4. Awwww, what a sweet kid :) he's so patient...I love ALL the pics and makes me miss that little guy...I wish he weren't growing up so FAST! Good reminder, Sar! Love you!

  5. What a boy!! That's just great!

  6. I LOVE THIS! As a Momma who is constantly clicking away at the camera...I can totally relate. And I too sometimes have to tell myself to back off. This was great..funny yet poignant all at the same time!

  7. you crack me up!
    i think that same scenario has happened a time or 2 with my little boy :)

  8. Very cute and an unexpected ending.

    This reminds me of a post I did at Christmas time - I called it "The Anatomy of a Christmas Card Picture".

  9. Oh my gosh, that first smile with his face all squishy has me cracking up!

  10. I'm sending you a bill for a new laptop computer. I just sprayed a mouthful of strawberry milkshake all over the monitor and keyboard looking at that last photo.

    LOL, SS.

  11. Awww - so cute! Love all those pictures - they made the words come alive!

  12. Too funny and oh how true!

    My five year old is the same....I have such a hard time getting those natural smiles on camera.
    Sadly, I've also had to kick the bossy stage mom in me to the curb many times too :)

    Great post!

  13. Hi. I just popped in from Mari's blog. I love the look of your blog and wanted to let you know I'd been here ...

  14. Awesome post SG. The last picture is my favorite. Turns out he didn't need coaching after all. ;o)

  15. great pictures- they tell the story so well.

    loved this post.

  16. Love how you told this. I'm guilty of the same thing sometimes and you can always see the relief on the girls' faces when I put the camera down. :)