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Up, Up and Away We Go

And so up, up and away we go right into Finish the Sentence Friday.

up, up and away

I sold a photo once – for a nursery. And I’m not really a photo-seller. That said, I sold a photo for a textbook once! I’ll have to find that. Anyway, the photo I sold (above) was from a near perfect evening in which we stumbled upon a Hot Air Balloon Festival. Which is apparently something you do. It was only a week before I got pregnant with Des and it was one of the last perfect one-kid weekends, before we realized someone else was coming to our party. And oh, what a party.

hot air balloon festival

beautiful kid

Feelings.

Scarlet used to have this book called “Feelings.” We got it from the Pediatrician’s office during one of her babyhood check-ups. “Feelings” was the first big book they gave her. It features pictures of children in various comfortable and uncomfortable settings and their facial expression reactions to their surroundings. Each page has one word to describe the child’s feelings: “Happy.” “Sad.” “Scared.” “Angry.” “Nervous.” She didn’t understand the book for a long time and probably tried to chew it a few times, but when she was newly two, understanding feelings had become a bit of an obsession for Scarlet. It was probably the number one topic of conversation during our time together. To her, feelings were divided into neat little categories.

She was happy, sad, angry, scared, etc.. And anything but happy was only temporary. Her goal was to get through the hard parts and get right to happy. Her other goal was to get me through the hard parts and get me right to happy. These were important life lessons from a two-year-old. If only it was as easy for me. Living with Scarlet is STILL a bit like having a live-in therapist.

up, up and away

And if only I could tell her the things on my mind these days – not the two-year-old, but the now nine-year-old – and how they might affect me, and her. I’m not ready yet. Life isn’t ready yet. And mostly – it’s all good things. The lucky choices we get to make sometimes. It’s a little like floating up, up and away, though – without anything tethering you too tightly to the ground. Sometimes you’ll sail beautifully, and other times you’ll get blown and whipped around. Some people like that feeling – the dizziness of letting go but ONLY because you have no other choice.

Sometimes I like it too.

hot air balloon ride at night

big hot air balloons

big balloon at dusk

hot air balloon in sky

Scarlet and I used to walk down the street, on perfectly sunny and warm days, holding hands. Smiling. Greeting passersby. We would drink in the air. She’d turn to me and ask, “Are you happy, Mama?” I’d reply, “Yes. Yes, I am.” She would say, “Oh, I’m happy too.” And we were.

And we will be.

Up up and away. This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is

This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week’s topic is “Photo Prompt: Up.” (and variations of the UP theme/prompt) And there’s still time to write yours. Come link up with your spin: HERE. What’s your photo? What’s its story?

So, what would you share?

Up up and away. This is me linking up, as one of my favorite things to do, with Finish The Sentence Friday. This week's topic is

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25 Comments

  1. What a gift to have such an intuitive child – so few of us are born with this ability! Love your balloon photo. I was just telling me daughter that I would someday like to go to the New Mexico hot air balloon festival. Seems like it would be very uplifting 🙂

    1. I always wonder if it skips a generation or if I was like that too.. I think it’s the latter!
      Oh my, please invite us to that festival! I’ve always wanted to see New Mexico in general but the balloons. The balloons!!

  2. I always wonder if it skips a generation or if I was like that too.. I think it’s the latter!
    Oh my, please invite us to that festival! I’ve always wanted to see New Mexico in general but the balloons. The balloons!!

  3. Tiny kids are amazing. A friend of mine is a therapist, and when he had a three year old son, that son would greet him at the door at the end of the day asking, “Today, did you help a lot of people not be sad anymore?” I love how easy that seems to little kids. When people told me that teenagers were harder and easier in different ways than toddlers, I didn’t understand that, but now I do. The parenting is easier physically and much harder emotionally. I wish I could make my girls happy with big hugs and a game of Candyland!

    1. Aw! What a sweet thing to say. I haven’t gotten to the teen years (or even tween years) yet but I recall being one and having four teen siblings and boy, did my parents have it in for them.

  4. I love all the pictures of Scarlet, and the colorful hot air balloons. How beautifully they stand out against the azure skies! May Scarlet always be blessed with her gift of true feelings straight from her heart. I’m sure she always will.

  5. Oh I love this, Tamara. The bubbling love and effervescence of sweet Scarlet, and the bittersweet, slight edge of darkness running underneath. We all want our children to be happy, and yet we know they will be challenged by things well beyond their control and ours, and yet we hope their foundation is solid enough to withstand whatever comes their way. From this little glimpse, it seems like she will soar. xo

    1. That gets me so much. I do remember a lot more pain by her age than she has experienced, but that doesn’t mean it will need to be equal. That said – I know it’s coming and I struggle.

  6. OMG I love love love her. Her wisdom and appreciation for life (and her intuitiveness to her mama’s happiness) is amazing. Gah, I miss littler thems, but so love nine-year-old thems! xo xo

  7. I love the hot air balloon pics! There is a festival around here, but I’ve never been to it, although sometimes I’ll see a hot air balloon in the sky 🙂

  8. A very intuitive little girl. I have a few like that, although they were just raging sometimes about their feelings and not talking about them at that two year old stage, Your girl is a marvel.

    Sorry for my delay in visiting, my kids brought me low with a cold.Finally seeing the light today!

  9. Oh, Tamara. This is beautiful. All of it. One of my friends earlier today shared a quote by Heath Ledger that said it was much more common to ask people if they were married, and had kids, and what they did for a living, like checking off a bunch of boxes. But he asked “how often do we ask if we are happy?” and we don’t. Not enough, anyway. I love the picture you sent. And all the photos here, but especially the ones of baby Scarlet, because she looks so sweet and wide eyed and curious about the world around her.

    1. Oh man – that would hit me. That’s the most important checked box!!
      Baby Scarlet was amazing. All of the stages are but man I just took photos of her all. day. long.

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