Thursday, March 12, 2009

Photostory Friday: The Burden of Knowing Everything

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek




This is Emma. 

You've met her before. She's going on six, and she thinks I know everything. At least that's what she told my wife the other day (she also said she thinks I'm kind of weird, but let's stay on topic).

Where she got this notion that I know everything is beyond me. Frankly, I feel I demonstrate my vast stupidity on a regular basis. 




When I was a kid, I always knew there would be someone to come along and fix any problem and answer any question. Someone who knew everything. Rarely was I ever proven wrong. Someone -- usually my parents -- always knew everything. 

Now I am that person. Now I am responsible. I am the one they look to, to fix the problems and answer the questions. To know everything.

Inadequate doesn't scratch the surface. 

Unless you need a picture taken, I would prefer someone else take the reigns. But it doesn't work that way. 





My other kids are entering that "fun" tween stage. In their eyes, I just get dumber most days. I can sympathize with this point of view. It's easier to live with. 

But, let's get back to Emma -- she's smarter than all of the rest of us anyway. There is something empowering in looking in to those eyes and seeing confidence -- in herself and in me. 




If God is in the details, Emma will be there to greet Him upon arrival. NOTHING escapes her attention. Except, it seems, my glaring flaws. I must assume she simply chooses to overlook them. 




You know, if I were more like Emma...


p.s. In the interest of full disclosure, I do NOT, in fact, know everything. 

42 comments:

Mom24 said...

Those are some great pictures. My six year old is a lot like Emma. After having a 24 and 16 year old, it's nice to be with my 8 and 6 year olds at the end of the day, they still think Mommy's WONDERFUL. I'll enjoy it while it lasts. ;-)

Wayne said...

great pictures , Emma looks great.
I like the first one best

great photo friday

Alexandria said...

Emma is absolutely beautiful. Your pictures make her beauty stand out even more.

Susan said...

She sure does have fun in front of the camera. Great shots!
I miss my teaching days where my students were convinced that I knew everything. My kids are still too little to know the difference.

Corey~living and loving said...

What a fabulous tribute to your little one. I wish it lasted forever....that belief in our parents.

Honey Mommy said...

I love all those photos! I aspire to take photos like these that show kids true personalities!

Pam Emmons said...

Well, I thought you knew everything. You do when I talk to you.

P.S. I love Emma.

Cecily R said...

I just got goofy Mom chills...that was pretty darn close to perfection.

But my world IS a bit shattered. I was fully under the impression that you DID know everything. You and Evie.

sunshinesls said...

Great post! You are cracking me up...Emma is so cute! I so love the age where kids think you are so smart and cool.........then they turn into teenagers.......we were all there though....they snap out of it eventually and go back to thinking you are not too bad!

Shannon said...

This is beautiful. You write so well...and the photos match the story perfectly. She is a cutie. Love it.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

lovely photos and don't you like to be the big chief ?? I certainly do (in their eyes) (smiles)

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

Beautifully written post. I love the photo of Emma in the dress with her hair floating in the air. So pretty!

Autumn said...

I understand these sentiments completely. My son is six and thinks the only thing I can't do well is make pancakes... he's correct of course... about the bad pancakes that is. I can't make a good one to save my life. LOL!
Your Emma is beautiful. Happy PSF and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Carebear said...

What a great post. Love the pictures. She is a very special little lady. And lucky to have you as a daddy - even if you DON'T know everything! Haven't visited in awhile and have missed your posts. It's good to be back! Thanks for visiting What the %@*#?! Wednesday at my blog this week!

Maggie May said...

Enjoy being the person who "knows EVERYTHING"
They go through a horrible phase later where they reverse that statement!
Lovely family.

latree said...

great pictures!

well, here, I am that one. I some times tell my kids: your father knows more about this than I do.
but still they go to me the next time.

glad, but sad when I don't know the answers. anyway, we can tell them that there are things we don't know. so don't feel bad about that

ValleyGirl said...

What wonderful confidence you've instilled in your kids! It IS awesome and daunting at the same time to know they trust you 100%. Makes one take parenting seriously ~ which is, I guess, how it should be.

WONDERFUL pictures! You've captured her spunkiness, imagination, and joy.

Kat said...

I remember feeling that when I was younger too. I always thought my dad was Superman. He was the strongest, toughest, kindest, funniest, smartest, handsome-est man EVER! Actually, I still kinda think that about him. :)

Beautiful pics.

Steph said...
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Steph said...

Aren't little ones the best! My oldest has taken to rolling her eyes at me practically every time I look at her, but my youngest ones...I love that they love me so completely.
Your Emma seems like a firecracker!
Oh how I love to watch children. We definitely learn more from them, don't we?
Awesome as usual Chris.

Missy said...

Love the pictures, she is beautiful. May she always be a daddy's girl.

Krystyn said...

I love the disclosure statement!

And, in her reality, you do know everything. You know way more than her, right?

I love the pictures, too!

And, I'm scared of the day that I get stupider and stupider.

Just remember, it takes a long time to regain your "knowing everything status!"

Izzy 'N Emmy said...

I sometimes scare myself when I think about all the things my kids are going to want to know someday. I really have a lot to learn and a lot of answers to find.

Emma sounds like such a beautiful soul. I love the photo of her twirling in the pink dress. So carefree and charismatic!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

great post.... exactly how I feel about not knowing everything and being expected to know all!
I love your photographs and they often cause me to be a little green!

Lindsay said...

Well, it didn't hit me until I had kids that my parents didn't actually know EVERYTHING. Keep up the facade as long as you can!!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

I disagree, I think you do, IN FACT, know everything. :)

These were so beautiful, as is she.

Michelle said...

You have a way with words my friend!

On the day my daughter turned 13 my husband woke up and said, "Today is the day that we official no nothing."

Kimber said...

I do not look forward to the day when he realizes I don't in fact know everything.

Your daughter is a beauty.

Karin said...

Your daughter is awesome. It's great how you are so totally in love with her (0; My son, who's also turning six this year, has recently discovered that I am in fact rather stupid. Ah well. At least my two-year old Emma still thinks I'm very clever!

Susie said...

Well, I think Emma is right! and she's gorgeous will being so--So I am ignoring that last statement from you. In the world of moms and dads--well, they is simply nothing they don't know.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Great PSF!

imbeingheldhostage said...

You don't? Are you sure? Because if you were sure, that would indicate that you knew that and knowing that is an predicator to knowing everything, right? And if you weren't sure, well then I'd say "trust Emma, what do you know!" But that puts us back to something you didn't know which WOULD mean you didn't know everything and then Emma would be wrong.

What came first, the chicken or the nugget?

You do know photography. And beauty. And some really photogenic children (and fences and corn and slick rock and sunsets....)

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

Emma is so full of personality. I just LOVE your pictures of her.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

I enjoy all your PSF posts. This one is very touching as well. Emma seems like quite a character.

I'm not sure if I ever believed in my parents the way she believes in you ... enjoy it!

Cookie said...

Beautiful picutres! Emma sounds like a smart girl!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

This is a great post, Chris. I love the pictures too. I'm sure your daughter will really appreciate this reflection someday when she's a parent herself.

Kristen said...

Do you know that everyone of your PSF'd make me smile? I think in fact that proves that you know "something"!

Yet another great one! :)

Melissa said...

Great post AGAIN!!! It is such a great (but scary) feeling knowing that our children look at us for everything...to know everything...to do everything...to BE everything!!!

Moannie said...

I just want to say that those pictures actually made me cry. They were beautiful, the child is beautiful. Thank you.

Jonny's Mommy said...

I have an 8 year old niece who has known everything since she was about 4. It's a trip isn't it?

tommie said...

These are hilarious...I can usually get away with, "Go Ask your dad"....but then again, they are only 4 and 5.

Amazing shots, once again!

Kelly Deneen said...

I LOVE the pictures and this post! :)

Straight to Your Hart said...

It's okay to know everything Chris...embrace it. I had to..hehe

I love the photos..especially the one where she has her arms out...true bliss. I love feeling those moments.