Family. Family!

Monday, May 21, 2012

There is nothing more in this world that I adore with greater vigor than family. Not my family [well, yes, my family - my family is the most important thing to me in the world, hands down no question], I'm talking about family in general. The concept of family. It's just awesome [in the literal sense of the word.] The bonds that tie us together most often unchosen but stronger than virtually anything... Family comes in as many shapes and sizes as the human form and in at least as many flavors. It's one reason I'll never tire of being a family historian. Love, family, legacy... it's never the same thing twice and long as you're looking for the right things.

Shooting weddings gives me this incredible front seat to family history. Don't get me wrong, I also adore stepping into a normal average day in a family's life and documenting daily life [it's amazing and you should have me do it for you... WINK WINK] but there is also something very humbling about documenting life's major events. It's a yin-yang thing. I don't see one as more important than the other but those major events... they knock you to your knees some times. What does it for me is always family. That's what I get so excited about. The birth of a new family, the uniting of an old... It's that incredible strength that is inexplicable that I'm always looking for a way to preserve. It manifests itself sometimes in the tears of giving your daughter away to her new family, seeing your grandmother watch you dance, the simple joy of sitting in a huge apple crate with your hubby and dog....

The best thing about families, I think, is that they don't end. They expand. They continue to grow and grow and grow.... I marvel at the fact that you don't leave the family you've come from, you, in essence, expand it. You double its size by choosing to spend the rest of your life with someone that comes from his/her own family and legacy. It all becomes connected. I'm probably related to you somehow... especially if you're from Estonia :]

That's it for today, I was just sitting here thinking about my own family and loving the fact that I get to be a family historian. I love it, I take it seriously, and I'm pretty sure I'll never want to stop doing it. Thanks for having an awesome family.


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