A Letter to My Daughter

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A Letter to My Daughter

Dear Daughter,

As I sit here trying to write something for my very first photography blog, I hear the squeak of your door, the pitter patter of the dogs feet, knowing you are just steps behind her.  You come into to the kitchen, still sleepy eyed, hair a mess carrying your favorite blanket.  I reach for my camera, because I never want to forget this moment.  I get one or two clicks in before you give me the stink eye.  You hate my camera most days.  Turing your head or rolling your eyes when I try to capture you, as you are, at this moment in time.  And while you hate me taking your picture, you love looking back at the photos I’ve taken.  And you know what?  So do I.  I love to remember.  To remember you as a newborn, a baby, a toddler, a big sister.  I never want to forget how you would line your baby dolls up, or prepare to marry Superman.  I always want to remember the tangled hair, dirty feet, and that laugh.  That deep belly laugh of pure joy.  I never want to forget you at this stage, at the last stage, at the next stage.  So, my sweet girl, while my camera may annoy you, please, just know that my photos are my love letters to you.

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You’re growing all to fast for my comfort.  Yesterday it was Preschool, today it’s Kindergarten, tomorrow High School.  Soon you will be off on your own, paving your way and I will still be here with only our memories and the hopes that you’re safe and that you will call.  Don’t get me wrong, I want to see you fly all on your own.  I want you to learn, discover, and become an independent person.  But, it’s happening all too fast for me and the only way I know how to stop time, even for a brief moment, is to take a picture.  My sweet girl, please remember that while my camera may annoy you, just know that my photos are my love letters to you.

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So swim my little fish, be wild and free.  But, maybe flash me a smile once in awhile, because I will never put my camera down, I will never stop my love letters to you.

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