Aah, sighed The (Not So) Small One, settling herself into the back of the car and popping open a big bag of winegums. So, parents, let me ask you what the words "centre of attention" suggest to you?
Which means, of course, that we had safely delivered her big brother to his Halls of Residence and driven away. She flipped on the camera and started to scroll through her pictures: some cleverly spotted views, a few cute street performers, and a couple I'd managed to snap of the two of them together. It's not often, these days, I can achieve a brother and sister shot. But I've been trying, trying hard, especially after Granny's comments on our holiday photos - last year - pulled me up short.
|camera cut with Slice and pie chart from a kit by Citrus Twist|
These are lovely, she said, but where are the people?
The family, the personalities, not the places. Actually, they were there. It was simply that I had thought she wanted to see where we had been, not more views of the bodies sitting in front of her. But it did get me thinking.
We were never a photography family, when I was little. We didn't have family pictures on show anywhere in the house and we didn't often even buy those school portraits most parents stack up in their dozens. I asked for a camera as a birthday present before I went on a school trip: that's how I got started. Of course, the grandchildren have changed things a bit over at Granny's house now. You might have guessed. Now there are photos on proud display: all three grandchildren in various combinations, groupings and - depending on who visited last - proportions. It's a game The (Not So) Small One plays - Ooh, too many Little E's? Have three more of me Granny. Look, I'll prop them up at the front where you can see them.
But I'm kind of getting off the point (or am I? wasn't centre of attention where we came in?). My point is: this year I made sure I showed Granny the who of it, the photos of us, and I'm scrapbooking them too. Even the quick, while they aren't looking ones. Because - and I think you know what I'm going to say - you turn your back for a moment..and they're gone.
Happy rest of the week everyone. I'll be back as soon as I can. But tell me this before you go..did your last page show the who of it?