Go into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn, and unlock — more than a maple — a universe. This is how you spend this afternoon, and tomorrow morning, and tomorrow afternoon. SPEND the afternoon. You can’t take it with you.” — Annie Dillard
This is the part where I have so many words to say they form a huge sticky gob inside my head and I can’t seem to separate them one from another. Have you ever had that? So I’ll be as brief as possible, if possible…
We wanted the session to be real. Not “styled real” — but legit real. I arrived at their house before the sun came up and before they were all awake. I didn’t leave until they were crawling into bed. On my way that morning I received a text from Stephanie that read, “FYI — my close friend went into labor at 1am this morning, and I’ve basically been with her since then. Don’t be surprised if you arrive and there’s no car in the driveway.” I asked her if it was still a good day for this, and she replied, “Yes. This is real life, right?!”
Exactly what I wanted to hear.
And so I spent an entire day with a family I admire in a way for which the dictionary runs out of words. A day filled with emotion, changes in plans (real life, right?), amazing food, games, school, homeschool, skateboarding, art, reading, popcorn, the lake, a climbing tree. Stephanie is an amazing mom, Ryan is an amazing dad, and each boy … Sam, Oliver, Felix, Jasper … has a distinct personality that charmed me 100%. All of them are intelligent, curious, and artistic in his own way.
I knew this family on a pretty shallow level prior to the day I spent with them. We’d been following each other on instagram and we had worked together on some pop-up community dinners. But after getting a deeper glimpse into the way they genuinely celebrate and believe life is its own artform … I can say I want to continue knowing them more and more. These are people who aren’t ‘meh.’ They’re people I want in my life for always.
Thank you, StephanieRyanSamOliverFelixJasper. For trusting me and sharing your day with me. Below is just a tiny glimpse of so much more to come (you may have to sit back and let this one load for a minute):
In other news, I’m headed now to San Francisco. California is always a good idea, right? While October was filled with some very rewarding work, I won’t be sad to see it go. This past month knocked me over and buried me alive at points. I’m looking forward to November’s gentler pace and less demanding embrace. Out West is where you’ll find me for the nextwhile.