A friend from high school, that I hadn’t seen since high school, dropped me a note. Via Facebook. Thank you, Facebook. And after writing back and forth a few times, we set a time and a place to meet. And then I had to wait.
I’m not good at waiting. But waited I did. Until Kristin’s husband was shipped off to boot camp and left behind his beautiful wife and their two babies. I can only imagine the pain he felt in his chest being away from his children that first week. But that was kind of the point of meeting up – to surprise him some photos filled with smiles that could warm his heart while he was training. Not that a father can forget those smiles, but a photo captures so much more than a moment in time.
These kids, Maddie and Grayson, are something special. I look at Maddie and her warm eyes… she looks just like her mom. Grayson’s baby blues focus on the things around him, taking it in, evaluating it in his three year old mind. And then I blink – they’re off, laughing and running and pushing and enjoying childhood.
Keeping up with them was… lack of a better word… difficult. They have energy for days. But it paid off. I couldn’t be happier with the images I took that day. And I couldn’t be happier to share them with Kristin. And for her to share them with her husband. I hope he loves his surprise – and I can’t wait for their family to be together again on Christmas.
And now they wait. I hope they’re time apart is fleeting. But I couldn’t think of a better Christmas present.