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Solving the mystery

I came home the other day to a happy child and a slightly perturbed wife. After the traditional greetings and “Daddy’s home!” hugs, I was informed, in no uncertain terms, that Heather had found crayon drawings on the display screen of her camera. And I could clearly see that the little one was in the dog house over this.

None too pleased, I reiterated in my stern-and-grumpy fatherly voice that crayons were only to be used on paper, in coloring books and the ilk.

“I didn’t draw on Mommy’s camera!” she emphatically denied.

The lectures and life-lesson learning about the concept of lying have been a hot topic lately and both Heather and I seized upon the opportunity to make sure she understood that although drawing on Mommy’s camera is bad, lying is far, far worse and carries with it more severe consequences.

“But I didn’t draw on Mommy’s camera! I didn’t! I didn’t!” she cried.

As a parent, sometimes you know when your child is lying. The expression will tell you, the tone of voice, a series of ‘ums’ and conflicting stories, or better yet, each hand gripping a ball of cat fur will tell you that, yes, they were indeed picking up the cat, even while claiming otherwise. But it works in the opposite sometimes as well and as I looked at Heather, we exchanged that glance that acknowledged the “if we believe her AND she’s lying, we’re going to lose this battle in the war” vibe that hung over the conversation.

Then I saw the light bulb go off. Plink! Right above Heather’s head and a slight, but only slight, smirk (of sudden realization) permeated her expression.

“I have crayons in my purse,” Heather sighed. And that day, she’d taken the camera to take pictures of Zoe at gymnastics class.

Exchanging another look, at once and jointly we knew that this was going to invoke the dreaded “I’m right, you’re wrong” taunts of our four-year old. And as fun as that is, we like to avoid those situations at all cost.

We were pleasantly surprised when the panic-stricken child (the looming fear of punishment for a crime she didn’t commit is quite stressful, you know) grew a smile from ear to ear. She threw up her arms in an exaggerated shrug and while looking directly at mommy, said, “We solved the mystery!”

Standing against the Wall

Standing against the Wall

Standing against the Wall

Red

Red

Red

More of that silly child of ours

More of that silly child of ours

More of that silly child of ours

Wheee!

Whee

Whee

Perhaps it was not wise to start reading Peter Pan

Also known as ‘photos I’m likely to get in trouble taking’.

Peter Pan Pose

Peter Pan Pose

Zoe vs the Fan

Zoe vs the Fan

Zoe vs the Fan

Window-light portrait, #1

Window-light portrait, #1

Window-light portrait, #1

Snapshots at 30 paces

Snapshots at 30 paces

Snapshots at 30 paces

My Assistant

My Assistant

My Assistant

Amy and Zoe Swimming in Arizona

Cousin Amy giving Zoe her first swimming lesson

Cousin Amy giving Zoe her first swimming lesson

Eek! A Bee!

The one thing in the world Zoe is remotely afraid of.

Eek! A Bee!

Eek! A Bee!

Zoe, Portrait, Black and White

Zoe, Portrait, Black and White

Zoe, Portrait, Black and White

Two Somewhat-Recent Z Pictures

Hanging Out with Emma

Hanging Out with Emma

Goof

Goof

Little Girl, Big Shower

Little Girl, Big Shower

Little Girl, Big Shower

Riding

Riding

Riding

Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

Ready to Ride

Carrying the mail into the field

This is an attempt to learn a new technique by which shooting into the sun results in a properly exposed foreground while simultaneously washing out the image. My abilities in this realm are work in progress…

Carrying the mail into the field

Carrying the mail into the field

Flowers for Mommy

Flowers for Mommy

Flowers for Mommy

Am I going to run? Am I? Am I?

Am I going to run? Am I? Am I?

Am I going to run? Am I? Am I?