This weekend my camera and I were blessed by the presence of Eudora. She is one of my favorite subjects of all time as she is ever the entertainer and gives me great smiles.
There was a moment in our Sunday photo session at Brightleaf in Durham in which I was reminded just how fleeting is childhood.
We had crossed the train tracks to take photos amongst some nearby fall foliage. We were safely away from the tracks when we heard the train headed our direction. What luck, I thought! Eudora will get to see the train pass by!
This vivacious little goofball, who moments earlier was energized and owning the camera, had retreated into an innocent, frightened (not amazed, as I had hoped) shell. She was rightfully terrified of the loud noises from the train. I was shocked and instantly felt horrible for subjecting her to those decibels.
We raced away, far, far away, from the train and the tracks as fast as our legs would carry us, all the while Eudora plugging her precious ears.
She recovered instantly, because she is brave and strong and amazing, and because children are so blessedly resilient. She and I are still friends, though trains and her are not.
And of course, she nailed the remaining portion of her session.
Our shared train experience reminds me of the fleeting nature of childhood and its innocence, and how one day, not far from now, Eudora will no longer be afraid of trains and loud sounds but will have new and exciting challenges to face.
I trust she’ll tackle them well. She’ll handle them like a boss, just as she did this incredible photo shoot.
(Note: That snazzy little dress she’s wearing – a tribute to Mo Willems book “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.” 100% adorable and I wish I could pull that look off myself)