After 4.5 hours of a 6 hour-long drive home from our summer vacation, baby was getting cranky, parents had to pee, and our fur baby had to stretch her long legs. In the middle of nowhere we found a convenience store. It’s amazing how a pit stop and the simplicity of an ice cream cone can not only recharge your batteries but also give some perspective on life.
I’m sure we could have muscled out the last leg of the trip and got home earlier, but at what cost? My sanity and the sanity of my family is worth more than rushing to get home, or rushing to do anything, really. Had I rushed our drive, I would have missed this moment where both our daughters experienced their first taste of ice cream.
At the time I didn’t realize how important that stop was. But after seeing this picture, it reminds me of my own stresses – the reason I needed the vacation in the first place. Charlie is teaching me how to better manage my stress than ever before. It makes me think about what I want to teach Charlie about how to manage her stress better than I ever did. If I had learned about this earlier, I could be better at relaxing. Everybody deals with stress; whether you’re a single guy, a new dad, or an experienced one – work, family, life, it all adds up.
This is part of what draws me to photography. There are going to be a lot of firsts for the next eighteen years and photography reminds me to capture them. I don’t want to miss them because I’m too busy stressing about getting home quicker. More importantly, I want to document them for Charlie’s sake. I want Charlie to see these pictures when she’s older and remember to slow down and make time for a pit stop. Life can be stressful – sometimes the key to getting through it is as simple as making time to share an ice cream on the side of the road.