When I was young, it was impossible for me to even consider being alive in the 21st century. While longevity runs on both side of my family (my paternal grandmother & 2 of her numerous siblings surpassed 100; my maternal grandfather lived to be 92), I couldn't imagine myself in my 60's or 70's. I still cannot imagine me in my 80's, although my 70's are arriving this year!
Odd, how time can be so accordian pleated. Sometimes, it runs by so swiftly that one can hardly catch the essence of what is happening in the here/now of it. Other times, time feels almost like an albatross, smothering one's sense of joy, accomplishment, energy, life. Most of the time, of course, life occurs in between those two extremes.
2012 has been an incredibly FAST-MOVING year for us. Our beautiful, eldest granddaughter gave birth to the first of the next generation in the form of identical twin girls. Because they were born 9 weeks prematurely, they came to us tiny, wizened, "old" little ones. It's amazing how some infants seem mature when they are still so small, young, and barely born... These little ones have already taught us so much about life, infancy, development, and most of all, about loving.
Here are photos of the girls, who were born in mid-to-late July. Since they live here with us, I have more than enough documentary photos, to be sure. As a long-time family photographer, nature photographer, landscape photographer, etc., taught by my grandfather, with whom we lived for 7 years in my childhood, I'm simply carrying on the family tradition!
May you enjoy a glimpse into our lives during the past 5+ months.