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What Happens When A Preschooler Gets A Camera

It has been so many months since I picked up any camera other than the one on my phone. My DSLR is in desperate need of tuning and cleaning and I can’t find the battery pack to my point-and-shoot 9 times out of 10. But at Christmas, I made a point to charge our middle-ground Olympus PEN, determined to capture my 4-year-old’s best memories.

I spent the morning clicking away, capturing his smile and joy and blue eyes. I pointed the camera to his presents, and the moment he paused to read books mid-gift unwrapping.

Then later in the afternoon, he picked up the camera and turned it on me.

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He caught me reading my Kindle on the iPad, surrounded by his pile of gifts from the grandparents, taking a moment of calm between shake n’ go car races.

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He caught my husband giving me a hug and I hope this is how he always sees our relationship.

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He found me snuggling my parents’ rescue pup, Molly. She wore a silly cocktail dress the entire day and I’m still laughing that my parents have a “fluffy” dog. We also had several pictures of his trucks, his feet, and even a can of Diet Coke.

I love seeing our life through his eyes and I’m okay if this is how he sees me. Happy, relaxed, and totally in love with our little family.

Have you ever handed your preschooler the camera and let it be an opportunity to see his world through his own eyes?

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Beth Anne writes words and takes pictures at Okay, BAYou can also find her on Twitter.

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