When I was a kid, I had an imaginary friend named John, who was a camera man. He would follow me everywhere, and when something interesting happened, I would say, "John! Get a close up of this!" much to the amusement of my parents, aunts, uncles... I called him John the Close Up Man.
I was so weird.
Yeah, was. Ahem.
Anyway, I find myself wishing, lately, that I had a close up man following us wherever we go. I have had some seriously cute conversations with Mary Grace lately, that I would love to be able to watch over and over again as she grows up. That's why I love this blog - it allows me to record and remember things that I would never be able to remember otherwise, and to share them with you.
We were on our way to get Allison the other day, when the following conversation took place:
MG: Mommy, will you stay at home for a big time?
Amy: No, honey, I have to go to work and help Daddy, but I'm going to pick you up early and we're going to go to Grammaland to see Mimi and Gramma and Uncle Chuck and Uncle Trey...
MG: Mommy, why does Gramma have Uncle Chuck?
Amy: Well, honey, Gramma is Uncle Chuck's Mommy. Just like you and Claire are both my kids, Uncle Chuck and Mimi and Mommy are all Gramma's kids. He's her son, and he's my brother, and that makes him your uncle. Does that make sense?
MG: Yes, Mommy, that makes a lot of sense for me.
Amy: When you grow up and have kids, Claire will be their aunt. And when Claire grows up and has kids, you will be their aunt.
MG: Wow! That's really cool!
How cute is she? I mean, seriously.
Claire has been talking up a storm, too. Whenever someone comes in the room, she's all "HI!!!" She'll say their name, if she can. And she'll practice different intonations, so we'll hear a musical series of "Hi Daddy!" It's just not typeable.
Which is why I need John the Close Up Man.
Edited to add: Mom informed me this weekend that John the Close Up Man only did still photography, no video. I told Mom that I'm pretty sure that John has upgraded his equipment in the last 30 years, and probably has a Flip by now.