All I want is time to stop!
My daughter took my hand then placed it on her soft belly, and said "tickle me, Mommy!" in her high pitched five year old voice; sounding a bit like a cartoon. Two seconds later, she screamed “please stop tickling me!”, while simultaneously laughing. You would think I'd be happy with my daughter in this moment, but honestly, I’m scared. I am scared because I know in a few short years, she will not be begging me to play with her. In fact, it is more likely that she will not want anything to do with me. I know because it is what happened with me and my mom. All I want is time to stop. You might think I am crazy for having these thoughts when my daughter is only five, but every time I’ve photographed a senior session my heart beat a little and my eyes ached. I don't necessarily cry, but I feel such raw emotion, that if someone were to say one little mean thing to me, tears would flow. I am sensitive and vulnerable knowing this will be me in the near future. I will be that mom whose daughter is all grown up. I want to remember my hand on her belly and the sound of her laugh; the purest joy of my life.
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