Thursday, December 14, 2006

A favor for Sarah

Teegan's funeral is Friday. Please stop for a moment and lift this family up that day. And her mom, Sarah, asks something of all of us -- she is putting together a slide show for the funeral and has realized there are very few pictures of her with Teegie. She is a photographer and always behind the camera.

So, stop worrying whether you look fat or you are having a bad hair day or you're not wearing makeup or the other 1,000 excuses moms have for not being in pictures with their families. Get in there. Just do it.

YOU don't have to like the way you look -- but they see you, every day. They love you exactly as you are. And they deserve to have pictures of themselves with you. And, God forbid something like this should happen, you will want those pictures, bad hair and all.

In fact, to encourage everyday snapshots of us with our kids, I challenge you to take a picture and send it to me. Once you have it, email it to jennifer.my3sons@gmail.com and I will post them here in memory of Teegan.

4 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute! My heart breaks for your friend and her family. I can't imagine what they must be going through.

    It's funny you bring this up. I made my niece take a picture of her daughter and I this weekend. I realized the same thing - I was always behind the camera but never with her. I will send it to you.

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  2. Susan1:38 PM

    I second this recommendation. My dad was not a fan of having his picture taken, so I have very few photos of him at all (let alone with me). Now that he is gone from this world, I wish I had more pictures of him to share with my own kids.

    I am fortunate though that my mom knows of a portrait artist that will draw from photos. She ordered a beautiful portrait pencil drawing of my dad for me and I cherish it.

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  3. What a beautiful idea...

    In college, I had a religious studies professor who recommended turning grief into a gift. As an example, he spoke of Eric Clapton's song, Tears in Heaven, which was written after his own son's tragic death.

    The collection of photos--- which I know you will pull together -- will be a beautiful gift to all.

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  4. What a great idea. And, I love that you are doing this. Thanks for posting the photo of Sue and Hayley.

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