Glass Bottom Lens

September 4, 2013

Lately, whenever we go places…trips, excursions, the grocery store…Harry asks if he can use my camera, and I’ve lost my camera for the next hour. The thing is, he’s really good. Case in point, see the above photo. He took it. The kid’s got an eye…and he’s getting better and better.

On Monday, my friend Rachel texted that they were on the way to a Glass Bottom Boat excursion…which just so happens to be not all that very far from me…and did we want to join? Harry is always in for anything where he can use the word “bottom” legally and laugh and laugh!…because, bottom.

I pulled my camera from my purse and started snapping, because, boat.

And mine were the typical shots. Look! Boat! With a glass bottom! (Harry: You said bottom! Ha!)

And then, predictably, Harry wanted to take a few. And I never got the camera back for the rest of the day.

Later that evening, it was a treat to download the photos and see the day through his eyes.

By the way, I don’t have photoshop.

He also took some great family shots…something that I forget to do. I sent these to Rachel later that evening and she loved the photos. She said she has so few of the four of them because one person is always taking the photos. It seems this is always the case, right? And when you do have one, it’s one taken by some random person on the street that you flagged down. And those photos always look sort of weird because, at least for me, I’m always fake smiling at this stranger, with a thought bubble over my head: “Is this person going to turn and run far away with my camera?’ Or maybe I’m the only person who thinks like that. Or maybe not.

But it’s easy to smile…or make weird faces…at a little kid with a camera. Sean seems to have no problem here.

But more than that for me, I just love seeing the world through his lens as he’s growing and learning and seeing things for the first time.

The thought that I’ve been here a hundred times in my life.

But it’s never looked so pretty to me.

Of course, in the end, it’s all about perspective.

Because it’s not only the way you look at things.

It’s also at whom you’re looking.

And who is looking at you.


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  • Reply Judy Woods September 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Absolutely love these pictures. Even the ones of the family I do not know. Harry does have an eye. Maybe there is life other than sports. Yeah, new birthday and Christmas ideas.

  • Reply Karen from Chookooloonks September 4, 2013 at 10:03 am


    • Laura Harrison Mayes
      Reply Laura September 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

      Karen! Right? He needs to go to Camp Chookooloonks to ramp this up!

  • Reply april September 4, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Is this San Marcos? I haven’t been there since I was a small child! I’m a Texas girl by birth (Liberty Hill!), although I’ve been gone to other parts of the South for a long time…thanks for the walk down memory lane!

  • Reply Laura Trevey September 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

    He’s got the eye for it, so great!!

  • Reply Sherry Carr-Smith September 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Those are fantastic shots! I bet your friend loves getting the family shots. Also? I love your friend’s daughter with the tiara and the HP scarf.

  • Laura Harrison Mayes
    Reply Laura September 4, 2013 at 11:53 am

    April, it is in San Marcos. It has changed so much (SO MUCH!) since the old Aquarena Springs days. It’s now a nature preserve. No more mermaids and swimming pigs.

  • Reply Barchbo September 5, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Awesome photos, Harry!

    PS: I always wonder if the person is going to flee with my camera, even if only a little.

  • Reply rachel September 16, 2013 at 7:42 am

    These are seriously the best family photos of us we’ve ever had! Thank you Harry!

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