A Day With My Daughter
Have you ever experienced one of those days that will you never forget?
A few years ago I decided to get up early on Saturday morning, drive an hour and a half South to St. Petersburg, and make photos of the sunrise behind the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. As I began packing gear the evening before, on a whim I asked my youngest if she wanted to hang out with dad. She excitedly agreed and began packing a bag herself. The next morning we got up at an absolutely absurd time, climbed in the truck, and started driving South. We arrived at the Sunshine Skyway South fishing Pier, paid our donation to the state, drove to the far end of the pier, and set up shop as far away from the fisherman as possible.
I Started to make a few long exposures but my daughter was way too inquisitive about how to make an image and then all she wanted to do was explore. I put the tripod back in the truck, slung my camera and we explored the fishing pier. Then as the sun started to rise she wanted the keys to the truck, “Dad, I need something out of the truck” she exclaimed. I watched as she climbed into the truck and went through her back pack and then just like that she exited with art supplies in hand. A bit confused I asked what she was doing and as she climbed up on top of the truck she said “I’m going to draw mom a picture”. I had no idea she had packed art supplies and it was at that moment I realized I would be making frames of my daughter creating.
Once a top the truck she established ground, opened up her art box and began collecting colors to create a drawing of the rising sun. Then I just stood and watched her create a master piece for her mother. She had come all that way to hang out with dad and to create art of her own. It was one of the most pleasurable mornings I’ve ever had, and absolutely unforgettable.