Thursday, January 1, 2009

It's a Dog Life

Angel Daughter Number Four is one of those individuals who was born with a twinkle of absolute delight in her eyes.  She tends to live her days on the sunny side of life while spreading infectious joy to everyone around her.  She is my little sparkle and she can always make me laugh.   So when I heard her telling her friends, in the back seat of the car, that "she understands now, why dogs love to do this" I just had to turn around. 
And there she was, leaning her head out of the window allowing the cool breeze to flow through her hair, smiling, with a look of pure joy on her cute, little face.
Still giggling as a result of the adrenaline rush, she told her friends that they needed to try sticking their heads out of the window, too!
Then she caught me taking pictures of her, and the look above is the one that I recieved.  But I can take it.  I'm tough.  I have four children!   I can take it because I want not only for myself to remember these moments, but for her to remember them, as well.  Don't you ever wonder what it would be like to actually have someone document certain moments of your life.  There is so much that we forget.  So much minutia, so much that passes by without a second thought.  For me, it is a gift to be able to hold on to the little moments.
AD4 forgot about my picture taking, once again, and went back to her pure enjoyment of the wind blowing in her face and hair.
As quickly as the idea had occurred to her, she was finished and back to her more serious fourteen year old self.  But no matter, as long as the little girl who can relate to why a dog enjoys sticking his head out the window still comes out to play sometimes, I will be around to remind her that life is, indeed, joyful.

Happy,happy  fresh beginnings!  May the coming year bring health, love, joy, growth, found treasures, exciting journeys, old friendships, new friendships, family that loves and supports you, peace in the middle east, peace for our country, peace in your heart.

And can I just tell you how deep my gratitude for you truly lies.  I am thankful for each and every one of you.  The comments that you leave for me are like salves for my sometimes wounded heart.  Thank you...


afiori said...

Very sweet :)

And she is so pretty even when pouting :D

Jenn-n-n said...

That is just awesome!!!!!

It is so good to see our kids being true to themselves, enjoying life's simple pleasures without worry of how they will be viewed by their peers.

Thank you for this blog post today, it made me smile!!


Laura ~Peach~ said...

ahhhhh how wonderful! she is so correct! Love the photos!!!! and memories... I might hang my head out today!
Happy new year love and hugs Laura

Ness said...

Some of my best memories as a child was having the window down and feeling the air in my face. In fact, I'm still that way. Hold on to the meaningful AD4. Love ya Deb!

Peggy Payne said...

Great shots of Angel Four. She has such an expressive face. The whole sequence is a nice little story.

And I like your colorful fonts.

Happy New Year's to you, Debbie.

Dayna said...

I just love these pictures - the freedom of her sticking her head out and feeling the world (even if the paranoid parts of me say, crap, I hope a motorcyle doesn't come by).

I'm coming down your way to have lunch with one of my best friends in a week - think you'll have time to meet up?

Irene Latham said...

I love so much that you captured this moment on camera! Thank you thank you for your wonderful wishes... sending them right back to you, my friend. xxoo

Catherine Holman said...

Debbie, I think it's great that you capture these little joyful moments in your lives. Most of us only think to bring out the camera during Christmas, graduation, etc. Thanks for the reminder!

Angel... said...

thats very sweet post... and she is so cute

Sabi said...

wow... love the post and specially when you use the color combination in your writing ... liked it.. I wish you very happy new year and wish you all the best.

God Bless

Poetikat said...

Delightful post! I'm sure one day, she'll look back and appreciate how you cared enough to document such a simple expression of joy.
Dogs got it right!


NeereAnDear said...

Been a while!!! You know I had to come by and wish you a wonderful NEW YEAR!! filled with health... happiness... new adverntures friends... and of course old friends too!!



delighted heart said...

What a beautiful post! What a beautiful daughter! She reminded me of my daughter at that age...she's now 28 and still loves to feel the breeze in her face! It's the little memories that mean so much! I just found you through The Inspired Room....I just recently started my blog. Many Blessings to You in 2009!

Bogart in P Towne said...

Love the shots of joy...nothing better.

jenx67 said...

possibly the most beautiful 14 year old - ever. 14? 15? whatever - she's so cute. And, great photos, again. You are such a loving mother.

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