Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the mess. The mess of having my little people in the home. The constant picking up. Things left here and there and EVERYwhere. Sticky. Crumbs. Toys. Legos. Broken Crayons. Wet towels. Backpacks. Spilled milk. Doll clothes. Stuff. Stuff. Stuff. Anywhere. And did I mention everywhere?
I was researching a different project and I came across a website “Kids Were Here” and it inspired me to try something different. To stop. And pay attention. And appreciate the littleness around me. The learning. The exploring. The playing. The living. And even the mess making.
I won’t lie and say I always (or ever) love the mess and toys left about. But doing this project over the past few weeks has helped me to be less frustrated and more grateful for my kids and the every day stuff. The residue left behind by happy, healthy, active, and loved kids.
Photographing the every day moments, like these, helps me to slooooow down. To look. To be aware and present. And sometimes even helps me appreciate the mess. For just a second. (And then I make them clean it up.)
Try it. For a week. Stop and photograph the sign that kids are there. Use your “nice” camera. Use your phone (be sure to read my phone photography tips first). Whatever you have. Just stop and pay attention. And document the evidence there are kids there. The little things that make up their days. The messes and the toys and the projects. Pay attention more to how those things actually make you feel. Instead of seeing those messes and fingerprints and things left behind as a nuisance, see how you feel after a week of photographing it. My guess is it will change you. Even if just a little bit.
More than anything, these photos just make me smile. Cause kids are awesome. And sometimes maybe I forget just how awesome they really are. Photographs help me remember.
Kids are here.