Sunday 10th May 2015

10th May 2015

A well-earned rest during our afternoon of gardening!

It's a week since I decided that I wasn't going to be going Project 365 and it has been a tumultuous week. It's been fabulous not having to stress about taking a photo every day, but my hands feel empty and my fingers twitchy; it's been a very mixed bag of emotions over the past seven days.

We've been to the park and I played with The Boy, pushing him on the zipwire, then sitting on the bench and watching him in the playground. I enjoyed watching him, not worrying about whether the light was in the right position for a photo or cajoling him into doing that thing again so I could snap it. Earlier today I watched him sieving the soil in the vegetable patch and asked my husband for his phone so I could take a photo, then I remembered that I didn't have to. It was liberating.

But at the same time, I don't like it. This doesn't feel right to me, not snapping away. Especially when I look back at my old 365 photos and remember all the everyday moments that I've captured, all the expressions on his face and the everchanging mannerisms. That's why I did the photography project for so long, and I needed a break to remind me of that, albeit only a two week hiatus.

So I've decided that I will be back, once my dad's operation and my sister's radiotherapy is done. Once the school inspection has passed. Once I'm not quite so damned stressed all the time. Fortunately the lovely Facebook 365 group wouldn't accept that I wasn't going to be doing it any more and have decided that they will temporarily caretake it for me until the first day of the Summer holidays (if I last that long!), I'm very grateful to have such lovely blogging friends.

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  1. says

    Wow, that does all sound very stressful. Hope your sister and father recover quickly and the shool inspection passes with ease. That said, The Boy looks very cool in this pic. Being in the shade really makes the image.

  2. says

    It must be a weird feeling for you and I know it was a really tough decision. At least you know that it's only temporary and you can take it back whenever you're ready.
    This is a lovely picture of The Boy, as ever. x

  3. says

    That is a lovely picture of the boy. I am so pleased to see this picture and pleased to hear that you will be back. I wish your family all the best with their treatments and pray that they are cancer free soon. Sending big hugs xx #MySundayPhoto

  4. says

    Not many things in life that are stressful are good for you, mind, body or spirit. Taking a break freshens the mind and can give you clarity as to the path you need to take. Whoa that was very zen of me but you get the drift, now to take my own advice! Cool dude in the photo! xxx

  5. says

    I can imagine the stress of taking a photo every day can get a little much so I think you were only right to step back a little, and re-evaluate why you loved it in the first place. Job done:) Great shot of you lovely boy in the mottled shady sunshine. Steph xx

  6. says

    Hello stranger, I'm so sorry but have been so absorbed with troubles over at my blog (complete nightmare with my blog being hacked and diffs commenting on links etc) so haven't been over for a while but have been taking weekly photos. Wow the boy is looking so grown up and totally gorgeous! I'm so sorry you have been having such a tough time but glad you are not giving it up completley. Sending big hugs your way and fingers crossed for your sister xx

    • TheBoyAndMe says

      Thank you lovely, life has been very tough lately with my sister and dad's illnesses, and now the school inspection on top. I'm hoping it will settle down soon. Yes, he is getting big and growing up so quickly, as are your gorgeous girls.

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