You'll notice that the quality of these three images isn't consistent. That's because some five-year-old stole my camera and I was having to use my phone instead.
Look at the intensity of this kid. It's like he's seen someone else do this sort of thing.
Frame 1: Feet sill moving but the mind's already racing, lining up the perfect shot.
Frame 2: Stop. Squint. Take a good look at what you want to shoot. (As he gets more polished, he'll learn to do this through the viewfinder.)
Frame 3: Raise your Canon and fire. (See what I did there?) It even appears that although he's right-handed, he's shooting with his left eye. Again, just like the old man. He better watch it, though -- sometimes you accidentally turn on the camera timer with your nose.
I think all parents like to project their own qualities onto their children. A lot of it's real and some of it's imagined but there are definitely moments when our children are so undeniably facsimiles of us.
And this is one of those moments. Saturday was Touch-A-Truck at the Greencastle High School, an annual fundraiser for Imagination Library in Putnam County.
Even if I didn't work at the paper, we would go to this event. It's always a hit with Miles and, having gone just once, 14-month-old Hannah seems to enjoy it too.
Given that I do work for the paper, Saturday served a dual purpose, though. Family time and a chance for Dad to snag a few shots for the Monday paper.
In the end, it was a lot more about family time than work time (And rightly so.) I took pictures of three kids that weren't my own, and all three made the Monday paper.
Other than that, it was something like 113 pictures of our kids.
There were lots of fun times but the real joy of the day was watching Little Man take an interest in what I do. I honestly hope he gets it out of his system and manages to find a more comfortable life for himself and his family.
But if he doesn't I would feel honored.