Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Photo-Heart Connection




A photo taken from our recent trip to France.  It has been jumping out at me since we got back and it's taken me ages to work out why.  As an image I love the colours, France and food are completely wedded in my mind and I love the invitation - come and sit at the tranquil table for two in the corner, watch the world go by, enjoy the peace.

The reality was that we were sitting at the next table...a table for three.  A larger table for our family, near the hustle and and bustle of the kitchen.  I picked crayons off the floor and tried to find space for my daughter's books next to the basket of bread, the bottle of wine, the pichet of water.  And we chatted; about school, about the Easter bunny, about the boats in the harbour, about Lego, about wobbly teeth, about what kind of ice cream we would get on the way home and many other important (six year old) world matters. 

And so although I look at that table and think "wouldn't it be lovely..." I'm so grateful I was where I was.  Watching the steaming plates of moules and the plat du jour coming out of the kitchen, chatting with my daughter and husband about those important family and six year old matters.  Enjoying my daughter's reaction to having a whole plate of chips to eat with nothing else but ketchup and her look of disgust at my husband's bowl of steaming moules.    I love her wide eyed wonder, I want to drink it up and I want to watch her interact with her dad in those precious, but too few moments, we get together, as a family.

Life has moved on a lot in the last few years.  And I wouldn't change a single thing.



22 comments:

  1. Really nice photo and thoughts Becs. These family moments are precious, I am glad you shared some during this lovely holiday in France.
    Stay well!

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  2. What a beautiful image and I love the story that accompanies it.

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  3. ohhhh what a beautiful post! i remember when my girls were small those were the sweetest of moments in our happy bubble. lovely becs just really lovely! xo tracie
    ps. your selfies were great! really liked the shake out with the ribbons!

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  4. Lovely post and image, Becs. You are wise to drink up your precious moments with your young daughter because they do go by so quickly. There will be a time for sitting at the quiet table.

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  5. Hi Becs, Not only is your scene serene, but the colors are as well. It would be lovely to sit at that table and soak up some serenity... but just as wonderful to be at your table and in your shoes. You are wise. I enjoyed your heart connection.

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  6. There will be so many moments at the quiet table. So glad you were able to enjoy the time with your family at the fun table. I loved that table! Lovely post and picture.

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  7. Becs, this is a lovely photo and post that touch my heart, too. Thank you for sharing your family moment with us.

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  8. Becs, this image is truly wonderful, and like you, I love the colors, but this could not be a more perfect Photo-Heart connection, and that makes it even more special.

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  9. Becs - a wonderful image, with the clear glass, the wonderfully textured negative space of the wall, the subtle color scheme of gray, white and tan. It really does draw you in - the open invitation of it, the desire to sit and enjoy the company and the food. You know, someday that image will be your life again when your daughter is grown - so for now, enjoy your table for three, with its crayons on the floor and the questions and the laughter and the sheer joy of being together as a family.

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  10. What a lovely tranquil scene. I love the softness of it and the natural tones of all the elements which create a feeling of harmony. Nice texture on the chairs and the soft reflection on the glasses.

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  11. The image is beautiful, but I agree, I would take the whole family thing in a heartbeat over the silence of the table in the photo. - Susan

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  12. the memories behind our photos allow us to relieve time! your remembrance of this picture will be probably be different than your husband's or even your daughters! thank you for sharing your thoughts, conversation & feelings from your "table for three"...

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  13. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a delightful comment. I just love your calm and peaceful photo...oh what i wouldn't give for a trip to France. I agree that i would rather be sitting at your table...:~)

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  14. this is so perfectly written. i love the dichotomy between the photo and what was really going on. so perfect! {and yes...your table is, without a doubt, premium seating. :)

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  15. Excellent perspective on life, with both your image and your words.

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  16. Love the way you tell the story, it´s a beautiful musing on options and decisions... and also, how the photo -which is peaceful and so soft- illustrates your thoughts

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  17. I totally get why it grabs you. It is a wonderful photo all by itself ... but add your feelings to it ... ahhhhh.....

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  18. Hi Becs, I enjoyed your perspective on reality - the gorgeous visual (yummy color harmony), the real life moment, and the bigger picture of life's events as they roll forward. So many angles, but you've got the right vision, in more than one way!
    P. S. keep on enjoying those young years. As they say, "they do go fast". I've been away this week helping our daughter move back from college for the summer. Hhhhmmmm, where did all those years go?!

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  19. great story... it made me smile! and it is true, the image looks inviting and beautiful and romantic and quiet and classy etc etc but it is only an image, it has an aesthetic beauty but there's no 'life' in it. i really like looking at it tho lol! and imagine myself sitting there, but preferably at a table next to it too :-()

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  20. Love how what you are describing is what is not going on in the photo and your story and what you talked about, love your connection!

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  21. Oh, Becs, this is really wonderful! Made me tear up as I think about my daughter and how we used to talk of such important things! This is such a lovely post!!

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  22. There is a wonderful simplicity in this image, Becs. I love the way you framed it to capture the mood of quiet. It sounds like a wonderful moment with your family. I could feel myself there, feel your love, through the words. Thank you for joining in the Photo-Heart Connection! My apologies for taking so long to visit this month.

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