"We should always love our parents. Sometimes we are busy growing up and we often forget that they are also growing old."
- Author Unknown
The image above of sisters, Lisa, Jasmyn and Sharon is going to look fabulous when I have it custom framed and it's hanging in pride of place on their mother's wall. And this photo also happens to be my favourite of this shoot.
The shoot was a culmination of quite a bit of planning, since all three sisters live in different areas. The purpose of the shoot was so that all three sisters could give their mother a special birthday surprise for her upcoming 70th birthday next month!
What a beautiful gesture, and I wish I was a fly on the wall on that day to see the look on their mother's face. From what I've been told, she will be surprised and thrilled.
As we become into adults we often forget that our own parents are growing older, as we concentrate on our lives and our own younger families. If we think of how much our children mean to us as young parents, then how much more meaningful is it then for our parents who are entering their twilight years, thinking about their adult children?
It becomes for us a time to reflect on our parents and what they were like when we were younger. How much of our upbringing influenced our own lives and the way we look at the world? How much more do we appreciate them, now that we understand how they must have felt rearing us? What about the challenges they had but we were never aware because they protected us from the ugly things? And what lessons can we bring into our adult hood that we learned as children that we can then pass onto our own?
I think this is when we can appreciate them most - as adults with our own unique challenges. And as children who have grown to become parents ourselves, who then truly understand what it is to raise a child or children and become so strongly attached to them.
Chatting to Sharon over the months, as we talked about how to approach the shoot, we talked about her childhood growing up on a farm, her sisters and her parents. I got to know a little of their family and of their personalities and I was looking forward to meeting Sharon's sisters. They all sounded so different.
Funny how we can all be raised in the same household, yet grow to become individuals with such different tastes, values and lives. I wonder how aging parents view the differences in their children.
So with all of our busy adult lives, I think it's wonderful that three grown up sisters took the time to plan something so special for their mother's 70th Birthday. Photo sessions can also be a great opportunity for us to reflect on our lives and our families, and to appreciate the gift of our families.
For Lisa, Sharon and Jasmyn, not only was the photo session an opportunity to give a special gift to their mother, but also an opportunity for them to gift themselves. To be pampered and to look and feel beautiful.
Because you know, as woman, we never do that enough! We need to be kinder to ourselves ladies.