We were all sat around the table at supper, chatting about this and that and H, trying to make a point about making phone calls and talking to people on the telephone, reached over, picked up my phone, and turned to the girls;
“What does Mummy do with this?”
And the answer came back quick as a flash:
Yes, according to my children, my mobile is basically a camera that occasionally makes phone calls. And it’s the camera that they love. They both have a habit of sneaking it away when I’m not concentrating and then taking a dozen or so selfies to really give the game away when I find it again.
But every now and then I’ll hand it over willingly, and ask them to take me a few photos, just to see the world through their eyes, and for the fun of their enjoyment at getting to play with what I suspect they see as Mummy’s most exciting toy.
So for this week’s Living Arrows it’s not so much the subject of the pictures as the pictures themselves. Because all of these pictures were taken by Kitty and I’ve not edited them beyond running them through my watermark.
They are Kitty’s record of an afternoon at the park, her view point, her rather surprised sister, and her fingers.
On one level they are just slightly wonky snapshots of a play park, but their charm to me is the insight into Kitty’s perspective on the world and that’s why I want to record them here in our online family book, so that one days when she’s all grown up and trading camera lenses with me, I’ll be able to look back and show her some of her early work.
It was so funny watching her wander around too, and I got a little peek at how she sees me when I’m taking pictures, just listening to what she was saying to herself and the directions she tried to give to Elma (who was far more interesting in the picture spinner and largely ignored her!).
I think I shall have to remind myself to hand the camera over on a regular basis, it would be so much fun to have a little library of pictures by both girls wouldn’t it?