happiness: state of well-being characterize by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
So I know that there are a whole lot of feelings we experience as parent that don’t even come close to falling in between contentment and intense joy. There are absolutely feelings that can not in any way shape or form be squeezed into the definition of happiness. But can’t we still experience all those other less pleasant realities of parenthood and still be happy? As I have thought about it I have begun to wonder if we get so burdened down with all that other stuff that we forget to be happy.
That thought right there makes me so HAPPY to do what I do. To capture moments between a Mom and a Dad and their brand new little soul when they are lost in the happiest of moments. There are no moments in life more deeply, soulfully happy then holding a brand new tiny daughter in your arms!!!! Look at the happiness radiating from their eyes, from every single smile line on the faces, the happiness that shows itself in the way they are holding each other. I want this portrait to be up on their walls, somewhere will they will see it every day. So that when they are cleaning up mess after mess, weighed down with the thoughts of what to prepare for diner or how to pay the next bill, when they haven’t heard “I love you” for way to long a stretch…that they will see themselves and be reminded where happiness lies. Happiness is holding your brand new baby in your arms and looking at your spouse in utter amazement and joy at the little miracle you created together.
So *phish* to all those humbugs that think that babies don’t bring happiness. Apparently they haven’t held a baby lately!