Friday Photo: Change


This is how my son sees himself:

He can hang from trees, climb rocks, take down an intruder
fly down a ski course.
He can run fast and think hard.
This is how I see my son:
He can snuggle his dog, play the piano, help a stranger
make lemon pasta.
He can think fast and run hard.
He is still a little boy, yet almost a little man.
Change is hard.

Jennifer Wolfe

Jennifer Wolfe, a writer-teacher-mom, is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the ordinary moments of life by thinking deeply, loving fiercely, and teaching audaciously. Jennifer is a Google Certified Educator, Hyperdoc fanatic, and a voracious reader. Read her stories on her blog, mamawolfe, and grab free copies of her teaching and parenting resources.

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32 thoughts on “Friday Photo: Change

  1. WOW!!
    Great shot!!
    My son will always be my lil baby!! =)

    1. Thanks, Pamela. My uncle is responsible for the photography…but I’m responsible for the boy!

  2. Dee says:

    Dear Jennifer,
    A lovely tribute to your son. There’s a short story or maybe even a novel springing from that photograph. A novel in which a mother speaks in her chapters and the son in his. You have two characters. Now of course you need plot and setting and suspense. How’s that for a winter project?


    1. Dee, you’re amazing. I love that idea! And of course, I DO need another project!

  3. Kathy says:

    Jennifer that is one amazing photo, one amazing boy and one amazing mom!! Great piece! xo

    1. Thank you, Kathy. My uncle is an amazing photographer, and the kid and the mom…they’re pretty cool, too!

  4. Mommy2¢ says:

    Holy Nuggets! That photo made my stomach drop! Sounds like you have one awesome little man there! 🙂

    1. Mommy, I love him to pieces. I hold him tight whenever I can get him down…

  5. Boy do I feel your pain. I have a a daring child, but she’s a GIRL! Yikes!

    1. Hi Shootie Girl, thank you for commiserating…but I have a girl, too. Double trouble! See my post tomorrow…

  6. rhonda says:

    That’s a high spot……

    1. Yea…there’s a bit of an illusion going on…

  7. That’s a really beautiful post. And that picture is just awesome!!

    1. Thanks, Margs! I claim the writing and the kid…the photo is all my uncle’s.

  8. Great shot. Great observations wonderfully written.

    1. Thank you, Alyssa! My uncle inspired me with his photo!

  9. Omg,
    What a great Photo :)) WOW. X

    1. Thanks, Kim! My uncle is an amazing photographer!

  10. Susan Kane says:

    Tender post. Is that really your son suspended up there?!! How did he get down!!?

    1. Susan, it is my son. My uncle took the photo of him when I wasn’t looking 🙂

  11. TyKes Mom says:

    That photo scares me because I can see my son doing the same thing! Little boys are so fearless and yet I view them as so fragile. My little guy is growing so quickly into a little man and it is such a bittersweet process. Having a son is a challenge and can certainly be nerve-racking! But it is such a joy day in and day out. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Great post!

  12. Deep breaths, deep breaths. I have a boy and a girl, and it certainly is a beautiful gift.

  13. What a great shot but I couldn’t help but gasp a bit since it seemed he was hanging pretty high from the ground (I’m terrified of heights). And uh, I don’t know how to make lemon pasta, can he teach me?

    1. Hi Anne, gasping is part of my daily routine! And lemon pasta is pretty easy!

  14. Mrs. No-No says:

    Awesome! I feel like that when I sit back and watch my little girl doing things on her own!

    1. Hi there,
      It’s all relative, isn’t it? Children are created to terrify their parents!

  15. Alison says:

    So cool! I remember those days, when nothing scared you away and you would try anything! Thanks for sharing such sweet thoughts.

    1. Hi Alison,
      You’re welcome. I love it when my kids remind me of my own childhood-especially the good parts!

  16. Oh my! Your son climbed that high?! Such a fearless young man he is. 🙂

    1. Sweetheart, fearless is putting it mildly!

  17. fun photo!!! I hope your new week is filled with happy xo

    1. Hi Katherine,
      Thanks! I hope your week is happy, too!

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