Like Mother Like Daughter?

There is nothing any parent wants more, I think, than for their kids to follow in their footsteps. I mean, after all, I have spent the last ten years reminding my dad that, outside of an Act of God, I will not be taking over his and my mother's embroidery business - much to his dismay. But now that I am a parent, I know what an incredible blessing it is to have your children take interest in something you love. Up to this point, my oldest daughter (now two and a half) has been my hardest sell. As soon as she realized what that black box was that mom was holding, she ran straight in the opposite direction. Every picture slightly out of focus, because she moves too darn fast for my camera to follow.

But the other day, I had my camera bag out after a photo shoot, and Noel starts to pull my heavy camera out. Then she looks up at me with her giant blue eyes and the bangs that always seem to be in her face no matter how hard I try to trim them evenly - and she says, "Mommy, I want to take a picture."

My heart almost burst I was so excited! I helped her get the camera out and tried to show her how it worked. Then I pointed it at her and told her to say "Cheese!" As best as she could with her mouth full of whatever snack she had in her mouth at that moment (probably "fishie crackers"), she gave me her cheesiest smile and I had one of my most victorious moments yet....

My daughter likes photography! Well, that might be stretching it at this point, but I will keeping hoping!


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