Do you have those moments when you look at your kid and you think, “I just have to take a picture of this very moment?” One look at my iPhone and you’d see that happens quite often for me.
The other night I was putting Lenny to bed. He had just nursed himself to sleep and I was able to transition him up onto my shoulder for one last snuggle. His sweaty hair, pouty lips, his sweet, sleepy face…I just had to capture it. I thought my husband would want to see how cute he looked at that exact moment in time.
After each click of the camera, I paused to look at the image on the screen. No, that wasn’t what I saw. Despite positioning my camera to try to depict my exact viewpoint, none of the pictures I took were quite right.
I switched gears to take a selfie; maybe then I could show what I saw, as if through someone else’s eyes. But no, even though this way I could show my sweet boy reaching up to put his hand on my chest, the pictures still didn’t look exactly like my own view.
Still convinced I could capture the right moment, I tried again to show Lenny from my viewpoint. As cute as he looked in each photo I took, none matched what I was seeing.
You know those cartoons where they depict someone in love by giving them heart-shaped eyes? If you had seen my face at that moment, I would have looked the same. That is why none of the pictures I took looked right. This moment was meant just for me. My view at that moment was ours alone; a picture just wouldn’t do it justice. I put the camera down and snuggled Lenny for a little while longer, enjoying our moment, enjoying him, and enjoying my heart-shaped view.