My first guest post! Whoop whoop. I couldn’t be more thrilled to share this with y’all.
Amanda Lemke is my amazing friend and author, and wrote this awesome post that I think we all can relate to, and take a little something away from.
Mom’n Through a Lens
Scrolling through my album on the iPhone I HAD to have for its storage capacity, I was struck by this image, or, I should say, these images. What the freak am I doing taking 12 bajillion of the same picture? What’s my other kid doing while I’m taking 12 bajillion of the same picture?
I’ll tell you what I’m doing, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one. It’s obvious. I’m trying for the perfect shot, of my perfect baby, looking perfectly happy. You know, because that’s real life, or at least, the life I’d like to portray.
Why? Because if I have a perfectly smiling baby, he MUST be so happy and so healthy, and I MUST be doing a fantastic job at this motherhood thing. Or at least, that’s how it will look when I click ‘upload.’ Score!
In reality, I’m angling the camera away from the pile of Legos I’ve asked the four-year-old to clean up 10 times, and certainly away from the spit-up dripping down my shirt, and ABSOLUTELY away from the pile of dishes in the sink with unidentifiable food starting to grow wings.
Nope, none of that exists if I get a picture perfect shot of the human I grew, giving me indisputable evidence of my rockstar-ness.
I’m done, all. From here one out, I’m pledging to take one photo to capture whatever memory or moment I was aiming to catch, and moving on to life, not life through a lens. Who’s with me?
Because I’m still a rockstar mom, even if this is the photo I share with the world, and so are you.
Amanda is a special education teacher by day, and a writer by the light of her laptop by night. FOX DE LUXE is Amanda Lemke’s debut novel, inspired by her love of Chicago, mysteries, and family history. Day or night, she is a wife and mother to two little boys!