I confess that the day I took this picture, I took at least 50 more, all nearly identical, but each one unique. Later as I culled through the images I couldn't bear to throw out even one.
Like every parent, I am amazed at how quickly my children evolve and mature, but lately Grace is just blowing my mind. She is so tall, so stretched out, so well-read and really, really thoughtful. I catch myself staring at her every day wondering where my little girl went, and who this girl is becoming.
As I stood in the creek with my camera, that Loudon Wainwright song played in my head over and over, sharp and nostalgic.
Watching her grow is a grieving and a joy; I'm so glad I get to keep the pictures.