You Capture – The Shapes My Children Show Me

Many days I bustle along
Not seeing much of anything it seems
Seconds blurring into a frenzied time-line of my life
And did I really see anything at all today?

But then the stars align
For a moment or two
And my vision crystallizes
How have I never seen these things before?

My children have changed my sight
It’s been blurrier and clearer than ever before
Changing instantly at times
The SHAPE of my life has changed too

In the last 7 days I have lived
a blurry time-line of my life
But I have also lived a handful
of crystal, ocean-deep moments in time

And these are some of the SHAPES that I have seen.


Looking at the squares and rectangles and circle eyes that make up this
family of Lego robots makes me really appreciate
that they are currently residing on the counter.
I’ll be sad when they leave.


This imperfect Clementine circle is being saved by Phoebe.
She wants to bring it to her Irish dance teacher to see if she can
make the circle perfect again.

Tommy and Sharks

I’ve never noticed how cool this triangular shark fin looks
on a sunny February afternoon at the Long Beach Aquarium

Tommy and Seagull

And I definitely have never noticed how perfectly triangle-like
a seagull’s wings look when they are being used to flee
from a 2-1/2-year old Tommy chasing that seagull with a plastic shark

Tommy and Sky

And when my sweet Tommy boy makes me sit in the grass and pushes me down
to sit on my tummy so we can gaze up into the sky to look at
all the irregular interesting shapes that a sky holds,
this is one of those moments when I see very clearly
how the shape of my life has changed.

And thank God.



This has been an edition of You Capture over at Beth’s I Should Be Folding Laundry.
The theme was “Shapes.”
I’m getting addicted to this You Capture thing.

And tune in tomorrow for another edition of “Conversations with My Kid.” If you’re posting
a conversation you’ve had with YOUR kid, you can link up and join the fun!!

12 Responses to “You Capture – The Shapes My Children Show Me”

  1. Ann's Rants says:

    I love those Lego dudes. And "to see if she can make the circle perfect again" is beautiful and melancholy.

  2. Tara says:

    Great Shots!!! The last one is so perfect:)

  3. WackyMummy says:

    Love love love the kiddie shots! =)

  4. ToadMama says:

    I love the seagull shot, too.

  5. Katie at A List Maker's Life says:

    Beautiful! And the picture of Tommy's little head cloud watching – love.

  6. Riding the Roller Coaster says:

    Thanks for visiting my corner of the blogosphere. I love YOu Capture because I love seeing everyone's interpretations of the themes. Great minds think alike I guess (the Legos). See you next week!

  7. tinycandi says:

    Beautiful post! I love the pictures…and I think the last one is my favorite…but they're all great!

  8. tattytiara says:

    That was absolutely lovely.

  9. Surfer Jay says:

    Hey I was just at that aquarium with all the moms in my mommy and me class. The kids love that small fish petting area.

  10. Laura says:

    and this is why I go nowhere without my camera.
    Sometimes it takes a second glance to really see what is front of you.


  11. Lena says:

    LOVE that last shot!!!
    What a wonderful post and captures.

  12. Boy Crazy says:

    I love you and that last picture and those last lines.

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