They say kelp grows 2 feet a day, and that you can actually watch it grow. I've been still, watched the kelp, and wondered at its change and miraculous cell growth.
More astonishing is the rate of growth in children. Look once. They are helpless clingers. Look again. They are fearless discoverers, discerning waste, dirt, or goodies. Another turn ... They live in a world of fantasy, and faith is the natural state. Turn quickly . . . they believe they are invincible, they are ready to conquer. Turn again... they are gone for daily viewing, leaving only scuffed furniture, scratched DVDs, and cement hard boogars on the wall.
I wanted to record a moment in their growth . . . not their smile at this age or their hair style at that age, but something deeper. I want to capture something only hinted at on the surface, that only the eyes of love could see.
Photographer Becca Nae had the eyes to see what I do and the skill to preserve it for me.
I see faith as their natural state, dreams as a matter of course, and magic the way of the world.
Poised between childhood and womanhood, I see my Ladybug's spirit, normally disguised by Asperger's syndrome, looking out in love, joy, and hope. I am awe struck by the beauty of her soul.
I see my Little Mother,born old into this world, capably carrying burdens too small for her years, looking for approval of her tremendous work. And dreaming of what her future holds.
I see my cherub getting ready to bloom and blossom.
I see her trust that life is meant to be full and joyful.
When I turn again, my children, like the sea kelp, will have changed almost beyond recognition. But I will know better. I will know that behind that sullen look or disheartened sigh is faith and magic if I look hard enough to find it. How do I know it will survive? Well, it's still somewhere in me.
When I am old and bone weary, they will remind me of their superior knowledge that miracles are always present where there is faith, love, and hope.