There are some things that stay with you, no matter how many times they happen. A smile from a little face. A kind word that you needed and someone just knew. The easy, but wonderful way your hand fits with your love's. And so many more.
On the business side, one of my favorite things (hey, another Oprah-ism!) is walking into a client's home and seeing the life of their family on their walls...
On their shelves...
On their tables...
...AND (this is my favorite part of this favorite thing),
listening to and watching them talk about those images.
The excitement, the nostalgia, the happy sighs that say 'wasn't that just yesterday?' of the parents and children both.
Even if a child is too young to remember the actual sessions, they've been told the stories of that time, that year, that day. They know 'this is us. This is who loves me.'
You can see it in the family's eyes and hear in their voices - these images mean something.
Not just something, but everything.
They are the journey of that family.
They are a placeholder in time.
An anchor that marks home no matter how long they've been away.
A stake in the mountain as they climb, always knowing they're safe.
What I know for sure is I want that for all my clients. I want that for myself and my family.