Monday, April 23, 2007

On Mothers and Daughters

Alissa's mom got married on Friday. I was part of her wedding present. I jumped out of the cake wearing a top hat! I kid, it was a gift of wedding photography. Alissa's mom is so happy, and I'm so glad to see her so in love with a man who so obviously cherishes her. (I am, however, sorry I used the word "so" four times in that last sentence.)

One of the best things, for me personally anyway, was getting to spend six hours photographing her mom. There are so many little things that Alissa does that I never before noticed are so much like her mother, a certain face she makes when she's laughing really hard, the way her lip curves when she's concentrating, the way her eyes light up when she's happy.

I also got to spend a little time with Andrea and Lucy on my way South.

Lucy has such a little personality that I didn't get to see at her baptism, probably because she overstimulated with the other babies' crying and the head-dunking and the line of cooing relatives. She's incredibly sweet, ducking her head to hide in Andrea's neck when I first arrived, playing with her ear while nursing. She loves when you do the Mount WannaHockaLugey chant from "Finding Nemo" (Shark Bait! Boo Ha Ha!) and no one tells you how fun it is to dance around your friend's baby's nursery singing John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt at the top of your lungs.

EDITED TO ADD: You can see the rest of the photos of Lucy here.

And there's my own mom, who had a heart-to-heart with me and played Aggravation and went for a walk around the neighborhood late at night on the first evening it felt like summer. Good times.


Lauri said...

That last picture of Lucy is ADORABLE. I love it. Man, she never smiles for me. I'm breakin' out the John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt next time for sure. :)

Chunky Photojournalist Barbie said...

Nope, the thing that made Lucy laugh was Andrea singing the Mount WannaHockaLugey chant from "Finding Nemo."

We were singing "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" just so Andrea and I could get this Christian pop song "Yes, Lord" out of our heads. Apparently, they sing it at the church she and Don go to sometimes...?

I knew it from a story I did on pentecostalism. You, too, can get "Yes, Lord" stuck in your head if you watch the "Slain in the Spirit" audio slideshow (third from the bottom in the sidebar right next door there).

I have a theory that anyone can get any song out of their head by singing one AND ONLY ONE verse of "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt." Any more than one verse and you'll be stuck with "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt" in your head so you HAVE to stop at the DA DA DA DA DA part.

Then again, Shark Bait Boo Ha ha! isn't all *that* different from the DA DA DA DA DA part. Let me know if it works. ;)

shannon said...

My friend Richard contends you can get any song out of your head by singing the number song from Sesame Street. Works for me, unless that's the song stuck in my head.

That is a beautiful baby.