Oct 14 2014
Poolesville Day, an annual community event, has become the yardstick with which I measure the kids’ growth.
We’ve attended these festivities for several years; often, I’ve brought my camera. And the images I’ve collected provide a barometer of age.
The pictures are a better measure than Christmas or Halloween memories, because the exact same setting is reproduced each year.
That’s the constant about Poolesville Day: it’s held the same weekend each year, with the same activities, stationed in the same place each time.
Inevitably, Cayden, Had and Brynn are drawn to certain attractions, and I document these events. The same rope walk, same backdrop, same kid, just a different year.
It is the ultimate measuring stick.
I prefer candid photos, but in the future, I imagine urging the kids to recreate previous experiences — scaling the climbing wall or clambering atop a tractor when they’re older. Maybe when they’re teens.
If they’re still talking to me then.