The Gallery: Self Portrait

May 19, 2010

Today I am exhausted.
Today I can list a thousand of my flaws in an instant.
Today I feel frumpy and unattractive.
Today I have cried more than I should.
Today I feel like I’m not cut out to be a mama.
Today I don’t want to have my photo taken.

Today I’m posting this picture anyway, for the son and the husband who love me unconditionally no matter what type of today I’m having.

The reason that I really wanted to join in this week, despite how I am feeling today, was the reason that Tara gave for picking this week’s theme of ‘Self Portrait’:

The theme is actually inspired by Laura at Are We Nearly There Yet Mummy who wrote something that really touched me a few weeks ago and I want to ‘celebrate’ it through The Gallery.

On tenterhooks yet?

She wrote about photographs of her mum, who died when Laura was just 9.
For someone who has been voted in the Funnest Blog category of The MADS, she sure made me catch my breath with that post!
She wrote: “Luckily I have photos, quite a few in fact. I don’t just look at the photos, I pore over them I wonder what she was thinking, doing, wearing … just any glimpse of anything that makes me feel a bit closer to her.
Now that I am a mother they mean even more to me . . . “

And then on the same post, Mrs W commented: “This is the post that every one of us who has spent years avoiding having our photo taken should read. I’m striving to redress that little phobia – we all should.”

Well, I’m going someway to help redress that balance today.
Imagine in years to come, your children looking back over photographs of their childhood. Are you in it? Are you always behind the camera?
Our photographs are the story of our lives, and even if you aren’t a parent you need to be in it.
I know many many people hate pictures of themselves – myself included – so if you don’t want to post one to your blog just think about what I’ve said and start making that change.
And if you do want to put one on your blog, then GREAT.
Get creative, and show us all who you are.

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