Allow me to muse for a moment...
So, despite my lack of postings, I've been going through pictures trying to figure out what to post, and I've realized something...
I'm not sure why, but I'm never in any pictures. Often, around the house and at our small family events, it's because I'm the one behind the lens (unless, of course, I want pictures from very far away of very small people with awkward poses. Sorry, Spencer, my dear, but you know it's true). But, almost as often, especially at bigger family events, I'm not taking the pictures, but I'm still not in them. I'm not sure why, exactly, but I've been thinking about it as I sorted through another batch of photos tonight.
I've decided it's because I'm The Mom.
I'm the one that's giving the kids stern looks when they're acting up. I'm also the one dealing with the tantrumy kid in the corner while everyone else is playing with the happy ones. I'm the pregnant one sitting at the table absolutely exhausted by the end of the night. I'm on the sidelines keeping the toddler safe while the older kids test their luck. I'm lagging a bit behind on the walks and hikes because I'm waiting for the slowest kid. Who wants a picture of any of that? no one, obviously.
I'm not whining because, for the most part, I don't mind so much. I'm not in pictures because pictures are where all the action is, where the fun is at and, let's be honest, moms aren't really in those two places all that much. That's a place for Mowglis and Uncles and Dads and super-fun Aunts (the ones who are more fun than me, anyway). Moms are just a more behind the scenes and on the sidelines sort of group. It's just life.
Sometimes though, I wish it wasn't.