Here's us in our happy place. PC: Faiz
It was an Octonauts kind of day for Henry and his sister friend, Pearly.
There is a ritual Henry and I do every time we go to Hamlin. We usually go there late in the day for the sole purpose of climbing on rocks to the very edge and watch the sunset. Of course, I go crazy with my camera. Before we went to this spot, we waited for Faiz as he loaded the car with all of our belongings. I capitalized on this pause with shooting some more pictures of those two.
Lovely tank by www.freetobekids.com
I mean... Seriously, how adorable are they?!
And now, we head on over to the water and sunset.
Until the next time.
Henry has declared a new goal.
"When I grow up, I am going to be an artist."
As an artist myself, this made my heart soar. I may be biased and it may mean he would be a starving artist but for me to see him say that just makes my day. What he may not realize is this, he is ALREADY an artist. It's just a matter of keeping this aspect of him alive and breathing through all the trials and tribulations a child has to endure when growing up in a world of systematic culture bias and vampire-like shuffling of state testings over the true quality of education. In the meantime, I am going to relish this dream of his.
One of our favorite spot to hang out is in the car. I think it mainly stems from us living on the road for six months before we settled into Rochester, New York. That, and all the road trips we have done together. During long trips, we would pause somewhere and just be. He would be thrilled with being able to move around instead of being strapped in and I would relish the chance to curl up and take my eyes off the road. In those moments, Henry loved to climb over the arm rest between our front seats and sit there. This is something he still likes to do and I have a collection of Henry in that spot.
Today, after a lovely brunch with our friend and some errands. We parked back at home and Henry came over to his spot. We had a brief conversation and it was in that instance where I couldn't believe at how much he has grown yet his essence remains the same.
One of the earliest car series portrait of Henry.
and here he is... Today.
Sometimes, the growth strikes you as a leap and you wonder where has the time gone?