Earlier this summer someone asked me what I like to photograph the most. Without hesitation, I said "kids".
Kids teach you things without even trying or knowing. And today I was re-taught and reminded that our greatest knowledge comes from what we learn from the interaction of others.
I think it's sad that we have gotten to place and time where we maintain relationships, even form them, between computer screens and text messages. You can get a lot from someone's voice, their tone, their howls. But how often do we even pick up the phone anymore.
Today I met Apple.
For years I had heard about her. So much about her. How cute she was. How her little giggle could lift an entire sitting room. I had even seen photos, many of them. Before meeting her today, I felt like I already knew Apple. Was I ever wrong.
They say a picture says a thousands words, but it wouldn't have mattered how many photos I took of her today, no photo would ever encapsulate her vivacious and inquisitive spirit.
"Watch when she first sees her mom", they said.
And that is when her little sounds began. Her giggles, her shreaks. And off she went... down the path on a mission.
As I watched her make her way to the ocean, independently doing as she wished, I thought to myself, what a brilliant little individual. How could I have thought that I had any idea who she was before today.
And as it happens, in the presence of children, I lost myself in getting to know her.
As I drove away, struggling to bring myself back from the pile of mush I had just become, I wished that I could have picked up the phone to call her and thank her for everything she had reminded me of. I wish I could have told her how incredible it was to meet her, finally.