May I Have Seconds, Please?

by Stefani on 19-November-2009

Second Harvest

What do you see when you look at this photo? 

I see the last of Grandmother's green beans being oh so carefully snapped by one very eager little helper. 

I see the remnants of our day-glo painting experience STILL stuck to the countertop. Do you see the orange there, just by his knee? 

I see the last boy to wear these little shorts, and I smile, thinking of all the adventures that they've seen. 

I see a dirty little belly, and I know that this young man has thrown himself into this day, lived it fully and without reservation. 

I see a simple everyday kind of moment, and I find it heartbreakingly, breathtakingly beautiful. 

I have the feeling sometimes that I'm going to come to the end of my life, look into the face of my creator, and squeal like a child just off the ferris wheel… "Again! Again!"

Christina November 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

So sweet! I noticed his cute little dirty belly right away too. 😉

Amy November 19, 2009 at 7:06 pm

My children spend so much time every day sitting on our countertop. When someone exclaims in surprise like that’s a bad thing, I wonder to myself, “If they stayed on the floor where they ‘belonged,’ think of how much of life they would miss out on!”

I love the details you have pointed out. Yes, it is a truly beautiful, simple everyday moment.

BOATBABY November 19, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Wow! I LOVE this post. You have a way with words, thank you for sharing!

Hannah November 19, 2009 at 7:43 pm

I see that somebody has those delightful “vintage” yellow formica countertops, JUST LIKE ME!

(Or maybe it’s just the photo.)

Mad Woman November 19, 2009 at 7:44 pm

I see happiness. Plain and simple. Happiness.

Casey November 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

Beautiful. Especially the grubby belly.

Kerry November 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

So sweet. A terrific reminder!

Stefani November 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Oh no Hannah, it isn’t just the photo… they are indeed delightfully “vintage” yellow. It used to really bother me, but it’s grown on me over the years. I’m embracing the 70s!

Lia November 19, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I love the dirty belly. He still has that little bit of chub in his fingers, too. That’s one of the first things I always look for. I guess because it’s one of the last lingering bits of baby-ness left in kids. My baby still has it, even though he just turned six. I wish they’d just slow down already!

natalie lissimore November 20, 2009 at 2:14 am

You are pure sweetness! ‘Again! Again!’

Lucia November 20, 2009 at 5:13 am

Just the kind of post I needed to read today…thank you. I especially love you final thoughts “Again! Again!”. Have a good weekend.

Valarie Budayr November 20, 2009 at 5:33 am

What a beautifully captured moment. I wish you many more this weekend.

Angela November 20, 2009 at 6:27 am

I love the way you tell a story with every photo you take. It’s such a good reminder to me that the perfect shot isn’t about posing, but about embracing what’s right there in front of you.

On a completely separate note…I was thinking about you the other day. I bought one of my favorite children’s picture books,”The Eleventh Hour” by Graeme Base, and wondered if you had ever read it with your boys. It is a mystery with lots of puzzles to figure out, codes to decipher (including some Morse code and musical) If you haven’t, I highly recommend checking it out. (And the illustrations are amazing!)

Anna November 20, 2009 at 6:29 am

that’s the way it should be at the end, i’m sure of it! a life well lived.

Cassandra November 20, 2009 at 6:51 am

well said.

Kez November 20, 2009 at 3:05 pm

Love it 🙂 Thanks for the reminder to live in the moment.

Olivia November 20, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Oh my goodness… yes !

Theresa November 21, 2009 at 12:23 pm

Wow! Beautiful!

Stefani November 21, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Thank you Angela! I hadn’t seen that one, but it looks like one that my fellas will love! Onto the list it goes!

AmberS November 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

This is so, so sweet. I love the things that we see as mothers, looking at photos.

(And now I sort of want some of those beans. They look so lovely and fresh and green.)

briar November 21, 2009 at 7:12 pm

thanks fo rthe reminder of simple beauty! it is all round me, I’m watching my boys ‘creating’ a specail game together, wearing gumboots and pjs, their hair freshly washed and curling…having little chats – my heart melts again.

Sarah November 22, 2009 at 4:01 am

Oh for joy found in simple everyday moments. Sweatness.

kelli November 22, 2009 at 4:13 am


melly November 22, 2009 at 11:26 am

this is wonderful! I am also very thrilled with the way my life is going. My husband and I are blessed with 5 almost 6 beautiful kids and even with the struggles that come our way we would never trade it for any thing. Like you I think I would likely say “Let’s do it again”… Many Blessing to you and yours during this merry season!

kerrie November 29, 2009 at 5:52 am

Beautiful post,
I have been thinking a lot lately about that very question, Oh how I’d love to be 21 again, I wouldn’t change a thing, not one, but just to do it over and over again.
Oh I do hope it’s not a midlife crisis!

T November 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm


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