I walked into my daughter's room yesterday,
to put something on her desk.
It was one of those random moments we all do...
you go in, you go out and move on to the next task.
She was at school and I was doing my usual morning rounds.
On this occasion I sat down and stayed a while.
Miss Claire expresses herself in so many colourful and creative ways,
as teenagers often do.
I then thought that this is one of those moments I need to appreciate.
She will be off to college in the fall and with our move to Vietnam on top of it....
well, you can imagine the rest.
With this thought, I grabbed my iPad and took a bunch of photos...
for the memory books.
I added a touch of Photoshop to this one...
to me it says Claire...all the way.
This week, Miss Claire is participating in theme dress day at school.
Monday was Pajama Dress Day,
the image of the peace sign below is on her pajama bottoms.
Tuesday was International Dress Day,
she had to represent her home country.
This is when being an Expat kid has it's challenges.
She can never pick just one country and I understand why.
She prefers to proudly display them all...and she did.
From Australia, her 'Aussie Oi' t-shirt,
From New Zealand, her 'All-Blacks' rugby team flag,
From England, one Union Jack logo converse sneaker,
From USA, one American logo converse sneaker.
She was dressed in her International finest.
I would have loved to show you the whole picture...
but you know teenagers. Heaven forbid!
They normally look something like this...
Claire is a very talented artist.
She has a style that is unique and all her own.
Each piece reflects the world she lives in.
I photographed one of her collages with the reflection
of her bedroom window in the background.
Mother and daughter create...a collage of life.
Claire has a collection of photos of her jumping around the world.
I love her view on life.
I took this photo of her last summer in France.
Ah, to be 18 again. :)
While we are talking life...I came across two articles this week
that I wanted to share. I passed both onto my children but
feel they also have application in many other areas of life as well.
Feel free to pass them on.
I am giving a 'shout out' to Mr. H who returned home
on Valentine's morning with chocolate and champagne for his Mrs.
He is home for five days before heading off again.Happy Mrs. H. :)
Lastly...if all of this is sounding a bit strange to you,
not to worry, it is known to happen when people are around me,
particularly with our dog, Tika.
Do you even wonder what your pet is thinking when
looking at you?
"You crazy woman"
comes to mind on this occasion.
Best wishes for a wonderful day!
I hope you take your camera and snap
a few random moments,
you just never know...
they could become the most cherished of all.