BloesemKids has a great new feature, 'Open House,' of which I am honored to be a guest today. There, you'll find some photographs and an interview about home and work that I did with Irene. It was lovely to spend some time thinking about these things, and to share a space with the other interviewed women and their beautiful homes. Thank you, Irene!
I wanted to take a few new photographs for that interview, and found myself uninspired at best. How many times have you seen my wood floors? A lot. Our house is small, our furniture is old and worn, and sometimes - just sometimes - I get a little tired of the looking at the same thing - and trying to find inspiration for photographs of it amidst the mess and the dust and the worn-out everything. Most of the time, I'm happy with all of this, of course. I love all the 'old' in our home, for so very many reasons. But sometimes, well...you know how it is.
So I asked the kids. What's your favorite spot in the house? And each of them - in turn - led me without a moment's hesitation to their 'favorite spots'. They weren't the spots I expected, and I guarantee that if I asked them the same question again today, it would be three different spots. But still - they had their spots, and oh, they do love them dearly. I took a photograph of each spot, printed them, and with a note on the back of each, popped them in their journals (otherwise known as a big box full of random things - some day I'll organize that) for them for later.
And with new eyes - as they give me so many times - I looked around and saw things just a little bit differently. It isn't just about the things or the space, of course, it's about what we do with those things and that space. And what we do in our home, is lots and lots of living. Like anything full of 'life,' it's always changing and moving to fit the kind of living we do in it at any given time. And while there may be little 'new' that comes into it, and it may not ooze of a magazine photo shoot, there is all that vibrant life that embraces me each time I walk in the door. And hopefully the same thing happens for my children - a deep and true knowledge that they are 'home'. I couldn't ask for anything more.