Don't Blink

Just the other day, I was pregnant with a baby girl. And then she arrived, with eyes that glowed like silver-blue discs and a head covered in the softest, blond wisps I’ve ever felt. I used to inhale her breath at every opportunity; the scent of purest honeysuckle so addictive, I swear I could live off it alone.

Then I blinked.

And those silver-blue discs can now read full chapter books and spot seemingly invisible ladybirds in the tiniest places. Those blond wisps turned into a ballerina bun, wrapped with pink and gold roses. The honeysuckle scent evaporated; replaced by adult teeth fighting for space in a not-so-adult mouth and hysterical giggles over a sweet kiss on the hand.

I blinked.

And my baby is not a baby but she still is and she’s dancing off to her Valentine’s Disco with the baby of another mama who…

…just blinked.

How to Look Good in Pictures

You: Hi! I’m interested in having pictures done. How does it work?

Me: Yay! Basically, I’ll come to your house and photograph you being a mom and family. You can even wear your pajamas if you want; I’ll take care of the rest.

You: That sounds easy. But we’re not that interesting… and my house is a mess… and my kids might have a meltdown… and I’m really awkward in front of the camera… and [insert all your worries here which are totally normal, by the way].

Me: Say no more, fam.

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If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.

Roald Dahl said that. You can trust Roald Dahl. The man knows what he’s talking about.

When you take a day to spend time with your kids, you will have good thoughts about them. I mean it. And I’m talking about actually spending time with them. No distractions of phones, to do lists, or striving for angelic smiles or perfection. You don’t even have to go anywhere; allowing you to avoid the stress of loading everyone up, packing snacks, or wrestling an alarmingly strong wet noodle into a carseat. Where does that strength come from, by the way?

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Have a YES day. Let your kids be kids. And just watch how your thoughts start to change, and that warm, fuzzy feeling starts to shine out of your face like a sunbeam.

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How to look good in pictures?

Be yourself. Love on your people. Have good thoughts.

If you can do that, you will always look lovely.

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