“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
New Years bring resolutions, bring the birth of new projects and the promises of new beginnings. This year I am taking part in the Living Arrows project. A weekly photography project focussing on your children. A moment captured in time, week on week, leading to a transformation over the year.
I start 2017 with a 4 year old and a 20 month old, I’ll end the year with a 5 year old and a 2 year old. Walking, talking, asking questions. The thing is, that it is so gradual, spending day after day with my boys I don’t see how they’ve grown until I look back at photographs. In my mind I still have the tiny newborn that I brought home from the hospital not a great hulking 4 year old. The changes are minute day by day, but they grow and go forth. I want to record the memories week by week and what better way to do it than via Living Arrows?
This weeks photos come from our New Years Day trip to the park, less of the rain and drizzle of the UK but brilliant blue skies and sunshine of Doha. To be honest, neither of us wanted to head to the park, much less do the accompanying shopping trip to get PG Tips from the one shop that sells the pyramid bags here in Doha after a rough night. Normally a rough night would mean that I was up 3 or 4 times with the small one who still doesn’t sleep at 20 months old, yet last night he slept. Exhausted from an afternoon swimming and an exciting trip with friends for a late burger before heading home to bed. Yet the swimming that worked so well with the little one caused the big one untold havoc. Screaming through the night with ear ache. Trying desperately to sleep yet tossing and turning. Calpol not touching the sides. Fitful sleep from 2 until 4. Ibuprofen given and finally sinking into the sleep required in the middle of our bed at 5am. Which is when the small one got up for the day. It is safe to say this morning was sponsored by Peppa Pig and lots of coffee.
The thing is, sometimes the things you don’t want to do. The things that take so much effort, are the things that reward you the most. Children’s laughter in the park, a fear of slides conquered, my boys actually playing together. Taking it in turns to come down the slide.
Ready, Steady, Go