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“Now, Get One with Me In It”

This is the scenario I envision when my kids look back at our family pictures in future years.

It’s because, like many moms, I am always the one taking the picture. I love taking pictures. Everything around me looks beautiful or adorable or hilarious; something that we’ll want to look at fondly later. So I’m always running out of storage space on my phone due to my snap-happy tendencies. 

Hubs, on the other hand, prefers just to enjoy the moment (what’s up with that?). He has about 20 pictures total on his phone, and I probably took a good chunk of them. He will gladly take a picture if asked, but he doesn’t have the urge to preserve everything like I do. 

Fair enough. But that means, if I’m not paying attention, that we’ll have several outings where I don’t show up in the pictures. Not that I photograph particularly well or enjoy gazing upon myself (I’ve certainly taken some scary selfies), but I do like having the occasional record that I, too, was there, and had a hand in contributing to the family adventure.  

Given that, my options are:

1. Secretly hope that Hubs will develop an overwhelming new urge to take pictures;

2. Sit and eat worms, stewing about how one day I’ll be dead and they’ll have no record of what I looked like, and then won’t they be sorry they didn’t offer to get me in a picture when they had the chance; 

3. Hand him the camera and say “now get one with me” every so often. 

I usually go with option 3.  

A few weeks ago, we took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge, a fabulous indoor water park resort near Niagara Falls. After two days, I realized we had a great collection of dad-and-kid precious moments, but I hadn’t shown up yet. So, I handed hubs the camera and went to stand beside Little Bro atop the kiddie slide.

There. Now we’ll all know I was there. I brought the camera back to the hotel room and resumed good times at the water park.  

Later, I go back and scroll through the pictures. Here was the one picture with me in it.

 It couldn’t have been better if it were done on purpose.

I burst out laughing and told Hubs he had to let me turn this into a cartoon. He’s a good sport, so with his permission, I present to you the memory of the vacation where we’ll know at least my legs were there. That’s going in the album.  

Happy Belated Mothers Day to all you moms out there. Make sure you get in the pictures sometimes… even if it’s only half of you. 

 
 
 

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Moms, Mother's Day, Themes

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 4 and 2. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time. Author's website.

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  1. sabina Edwards says:

    LOL, that made my morning!!! And my daughters Grad party was the same way, they went to the lake and did some mini golf and the only picture she’s in , is the one her bf took!!!

  2. KD says:

    That is too funny! Thanks for sharing it!

    We usually have the opposite problem…hubby would rather have me in the picture and I have to convince him to let me take some shots with him and the kids!

  3. Lynda Cook says:

    Oh dear lol, this was a good laugh, but it is true going through all my old photos there is hardly any pictures of my mother and there is hardly any of myself, now that you mentioned it, it’s true we are the one that is always behind the camera, it’s got to change!!

  4. Judy Cowan says:

    lol…guess half is better than nothing! My hubby’s pictures often turn out the same way. But yes it is important to get in the pictures (even if it is only part of you!).

  5. Cheryl MacPhail says:

    Funny thing for us it my husband is always taking the pics!!! All me none with him and the kids??!! Bad mommy here!! I so need to take over the camera 🙂

  6. My mom is exactly the same!!

  7. Jonnie says:

    I can so relate to this! A few years ago I got really sick and we weren’t sure I was going to be okay. After I recovered and everything was fine, my husband mentioned that one of the weird things that went through his head during my illness was that we hardly had any pictures with me in them. Now we make sure to capture moments that include all family members.

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    What a brilliant post, loved it and I know all about being the one taking pictures 🙂

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