Humble Contributions to the Peoples' History

After twenty-five years, we have finally started to digitalized our home movies. Watching one of these videos of our children playing with their cousins on a vacation at Cape May Point, New Jersey, has left me reflecting on unconscious imprinting on our children.

Our children saw us with our cameras almost everyplace we went. As the video shows, we even took pictures of us taking pictures! I didn’t realize the impact all that photography might have had on the children until I viewed these home movies. In the last clip in the video above our daughter says, “I want to do what you’re doing, Daddy.” At six she knew that her parents liked their cameras. Is it just a coincidence she became a professional photographer?

What about her cousin, James who became cinematographer by profession? The videos on the beach show that his Daddy had a telephoto lens for his camera.

Now as adults all the children use photography in one way or another.

Parents model many things, but what seems to stay with kids are those activities which they see as bringing their parents the most joy.

Comments on: "Summer’s Day 1987: Reflections on Parenting 25 Years Later" (3)

  1. Kae I love it!!!!!! You always pick the music that reflecs how we feel when when see the pictures and videos that we have taken over the years.

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  2. true this bit of wisdom, i see it in our children even as young as they are right now: they enjoy most playing/imitating/doing what we enjoy most or do ourselves with true gusto and vitality . ..can’t wait to see where it goes

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    • I didn’t realize how modeling plays into forming the child’s personality. I know now that it wasn’t so much about what I said or told them, it was what they saw me do! Thanks for stopping by.

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