the passing of childhood

Why does childhood pass so quickly for only the all-grown-ups?  I’d give anything to go back and enjoy a few days I lost as a child, thinking I would NEVER grow up…but I can’t.  My childhood is done.  It’s just a memory now.  I’m fine with that, but a couple of weeks ago, it hit me, I mean really REALLY  hit me how quickly time and the innocence of childhood really does pass.

I had the honor of spending an afternoon two weeks ago with my bigger than life hero of all time ever, my big brother, Doug, and my practically perfect in every way niece, Maddy. (LOVE that girl!)   We were having a great time exploring an incredible location when I happened to capture a moment that to me, said it all.  But I’m getting ahead of myself…

After exploring, we decided on a great place to start shooting…and that’s when it happened.  I picked up my camera, looked through the view finder and instantly became that little sister again.  It was totally unexpected…I was flooded with childhood memories, like being hauled through the house in a laundry basket, and careened through the yard in a wheelbarrow; being left to hang from the basketball goal and cuddled at so young an age to stop the tears of sadness before dropping my hero off at college.  He was always the ultimate big brother in my eyes…but then I saw one more thing while looking through that lens…  I hadn’t missed it before, I had just accepted it…it was not only the passing of MY childhood that I observed from my perspective behind the camera,  but also the passing of HIS childhood and the soon to be passing of his daughter’s childhood that I saw for the first time.  It was just a fleeting moment, but there we were…all of us wrapped up with our own memories and thoughts of years gone by.

This is the image that says it all…

Of course, with Doug around, these serious moments are all too easily traded in for the fun side…so here’s a few of those as well.  I MUST interject here and proudly state that I KNOW if have the most incredibly handsome brother EVER!  Don’t even waste your breath arguing.

Okay, who knows the rule…for every incredibly handsome parent, there is a child equal to or greater than said beauty.  Well, my niece just happens to be blessed by not only a good looking dad, but also an amazingly stunning mother.  Oh, to have Maddy’s skin and silky hair and glittery eyes!  This sweatheart of a girl is one that I can never spend too much time with.  Every word out of her mouth is spoken with an elegance and peacefulness that exudes maturity beyond her years.  I have never felt that I was in the presence of a child when in her company and have always enjoyed engaging in conversation with her…I have no doubt that her future is very bright!

So here’s a glimpse of my beautiful niece, Maddy…my little lady in the making…


I consider it an honor to call Doug my brother and Maddy my niece.  Love you both so much and will cherish the afternoon we spent together forever!

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Jan Egelston - April 7, 2011 - 9:26 pm

These pictures are ALL so beautiful and wonderful Laura. But the words you have written brought tears to my eyes. You have described so well the feelings of every adult down throught the centuries. It brings to my mind, James 4:14….”Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.” The very first picture says it all. Beautifully done sweetheart. Doug and Maddie and Stacey will be so very pleased! 🙂 These are forever memories. 🙂

Theresa - April 7, 2011 - 11:10 pm

just gorgeous…..

Aunt Evelyn - April 17, 2011 - 5:09 pm

OMG! These are gorgeous pictures and the wording is profound! You are one talented girl, missy, and I am so proud of you! Love you bunches!

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