Wednesday, May 5, 2010

no list tonight


No list on this Wednesday evening.
My head is full; just buzzing, actually.

I went as a chaperon with Jeffrey to his high school's prom.
I've been working on the few pictures I took.


Jeffrey asked me tonight if I would go back and do it again:
high school. Prom and all that stuff.

Heck yeah! I was good at being a teenager.
I loved being a teenager
! I said.


I've spent the last hour with the mostly inane words written in my yearbook;
Don't change. You are so sweet. I will miss you.

Bah.
Why do most people struggle to say what lives in their heart?

I've spent the last hour remembering all the fun
and the laughter that didn't make it into those inscriptions.

Would I do high school again?
Heck yeah! I was good at being a teenager.


But, you know what?
I'm even better at being exactly what I am, exactly right now.

a wife
a mother
a teacher


and maybe, just maybe...
a photographer.

28 comments:

Rita said...

You are good at being all those things. The pictures are great. Would I go back? No, I like being who I am now. The only thing I don't like about being the age I am is the aches and not being able to do some of the things I used to do, but I like who I am now!

m.e (Cathie) said...

if i went back I'd definitely know a few more things!
i love this post, it made me think & smile. very sweet pics

jacqueline said...

these pictures touch my heart! i love the way that you captured the moments.

Tracy said...

Wonderful photos, Relyn, and as always your works pair so well with the pictures. The teen years were not may favorite time... I'm love NOW so much! So no going back for me, I've found bliss now. :o) Happy Day ((HUGS))

Patti said...

You are good at everything Relyn and photographer can be added to that list! Prom? How fun! I think the idea is better than the memory- at least for me. Not so fun. Going back to be a teenager? Perhaps but of course with all the knowledge and wisdom I have right now though. Have a wonderful day~~~

smith kaich jones said...

You are indeed good at all those things, but you forgot friend. :)

xoxo
Debi

Oliag said...

I would love to be a teenager again knowing what I do now!...otherwise I think I will just continue enjoying my present age...But going to the prom as a chaperone looks like a lot of fun!...Did you dress up too?...Love these photos...

lakeviewer said...

Great job! Chaperones are the best! Sursum Corda! Love that too.

Nieves said...

Very sweet and touching post Relyn, to be in my teens was tender, sweet and naif but also insecure and dramatic, so definetely to be in my current age now is perfect because of the wisdom, confidence and serenity I have got now! Hugs and nice weekend!

Gayle said...

I love your post processing on these images!

Marion Williams-Bennett said...

I'd only do it again if I got to bring all I know now!

"You have a really good personality and I know you'll go far. Don't change!"


xo!

Derrick said...

Beautiful photographs, Relyn. Such stylish young people, with a world to explore.

Suvarna said...

yes, yes, yes, and yes you are all those things and so much more!
xoxoxoxoo

Julia Christie said...

How wonderful that you were able to share this sweet moment with your son! that you are a talented photographer is obvious - these are lovely pics.

I wouldn't go back, but sometimes I'd like to replay...

Smiles

Dawn said...

You are brave! I'd never be a teenager again!!!

beth said...

i wouldn't go back....today is good.....but, to only have to worry about an algebra test and nothing else, does feel a bit refreshing at the moment.....

Jennifer Richardson said...

I gave myself ten quick minutes to explore this afternoon, stumbled upon your gentle fireside, and found an oasis. I wanted to curl up and let it flow over me like a stream across tired, sore feet. Really, I have to leave now but not before pent up tears were flowing freely, releasing a lump in my throat I'd swallowed sometime this morning. What a beautifully life-giving spot you've created. I'll be back ...again and again.
-Jennifer

veronica said...

incredible photos!

Marilyn said...

Yes, you are a photographer and good.

No, I wouldn't go back to high school unless I could do it differently.

Gillian said...

What Marilyn said. :)
and YES

Photographer. :)
xo

I'd NEVER do high school or teenager again. Hated it!!!!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Hello Relyn~
Stopping by to say great pictures ~ you captured the night beautifully. I would love to go back to high school if I could wear the skirt in the first picture for prom! Love you!

WhiteStone said...

Lovely photos! I wish I could be a teenager again...I'd be much better at it the second time round. lol

elizabeth said...

Definitely a photographer.

I wouldn't do high school again. I wasn't much good at it the first time 'round. I'd do college though. :) Then again, I am pretty fond of where I am now.

dutchbaby said...

You're there, my dear! That last shot is a keeper. It speaks volumes of this sweet girl. Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. xoxox

gkgirl said...

awww...such sweetness...
and love the shots...
:O)

Elyse said...

I love prom pictures! I can't get enough of them. They're all completely wonderful. I love high school...even though I'm still in it. Does that count? :)

Jeanie said...

I think we had the same yearbook! But I know what you mean -- I loved high school, but I love my life now, too, and I'm better at it, to boot!

Jaime said...

I remember when I was in high school, I was sitting in the gym with my friends, saying that I never wanted this year to end..never wanted to leave school.
And then when I got out, and tasted a whole new type of freedom...you couldn't pay me to go back!

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