oh what fleeting moments I should capture, oh what memories I should still possess

Posts tagged “nieces

See how she flies!

This is the picture that sparked my photo blog creativity once again - albeit almost 3 weeks after I took it. What I see is Amanda swinging wildly out over the body of water that she calls Swan Lake. What I think is that will never be me. What I wonder is when did I get too scared to fly?


I don’t believe for one moment

that youth is wasted on the young.

please stop looking at that light

What I see is Amanda intently gazing into a spotlight at the botanical gardens. If I had known she was going sit down and stare into it, I wouldn't have asked her to go over there. She simply refused to stop. Maybe she wanted to touch it, but at least knew enough not to do that. What I think is this just couldn't have been good for her.


If you don’t have your own children,

you have to settle for ruining

other people’s kids.

A New Year

I used a picture of Amanda to start this blog, so I thought I would use a picture of her to start off the new year. This time, instead of being in a bathing suit and surrounded by spouts of water, she's in her jacket and surrounded by twinkle lights. What I see is my niece, lit up with the green glow of holiday lights. What I think is that time passes and seasons change, so we must enjoy where we are at the given moment.


Learn from yesterday,

live for today,

hope for tomorrow.

– Albert Einstein



a best day

I took this many, many summers ago in Chincoteague Virginia. It was the only time I've taken my nephews on vacation, just the three of us. What I see is Peyton looking down at the water mere minutes after we arrived at our vacation rental. What I think of is how wonderful it was to be an aunt to young things, and of two little girls who are giving me that gift again.


Every day is my best day;

this is my life.

I’m not going to have

this moment again.

– Bernie Siegel


My niece Amanda at her fourth birthday party last September. What I see is a kid who knows what's good - and she seems intent on getting every bit of chocolate off of that fork. What I think is that everyone should get their very own cake on their birthday. Let everyone else share!


Birthdays are nature’s way

of telling us

to eat more cake.


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