Bathroom mural.
September 08, 2010

A couple weeks ago, I met up with a friend at the El Dorado Nature Center.  We walked, we talked, we did the normal set of things that two mothers with young children do when they get together.  Like stop every few minutes to change a diaper, nibble baby chub, and stave off meltdowns by busting out fruit.  Anyway, as soon as I arrived at the nature center, I saw this bathroom.  And, okay, I know this is weird, but I saw it and I knew immediately that I wanted to take a photograph of it.

I may be the only one who ever does this, but sometimes I get very, very nervous about taking photographs in public.  The point-and-shoot comes everywhere with me, but it doesn’t get much use because I don’t want to be that one camera freak that makes other people uncomfortable.  I worry that I might offend someone who winds up in the background when I photograph my child swinging at the park, and I fret about whether or not people think I’m one of THOSE PEOPLE who takes seven hundred pictures everywhere I go.  Which I totally am, but that’s beside the point.  I DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK I AM.  They might think I’m nuts.

So I decided not to take a picture.  And a couple hours passed, and I kept looking at the mural, and deciding not to take a picture.  And a little more time passed, and I kept looking at the mural, and deciding not to take a picture.

When I finally did take the picture?  It was totally no big deal.  Why I get myself worked up about ridiculous little things like this I will never know.


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  1. By Tracy Roberts on September 07, 2010

    Love it!  You must have had wonderful company that day to move past your nervousness and snap a pic!

  2. By on September 08, 2010

    Story of my life. 
    When I was living in Kenya, the very first phrase I learned in Swahili was ‘Your children are so well behaved and beautiful, do you mind if I take a picture of them.‘  How creepy is that?  I did NOT want to be like a lot of the other foreigners that I saw that were snapping away without asking.

  3. By on September 08, 2010

    We love the nature center!  Oh, and just so you know, I constantly have my camera out taking pictures too.  I am THAT mom and everyone else can just deal.  =)

  4. By on September 08, 2010

    me too! so much so that I usually miss shots because of it. You on the other hand were still able to capture a moment with your daughter that looks wonderful.

  5. By Sarah Christensen on September 08, 2010

    Tracy - LOL!

    Obviously, you two are the very best sort of company! =)

    Catie - OH. MY. GOSH.  Sometimes people take pictures of Charlotte playing with their kid at the park and I’m like, um, why don’t you ask me?  I mean, here’s a total stranger snapping away, what is with that?  If they asked me first, it would be a totally different situation.

    Also, sometimes they then follow it up by asking for my phone number or e-mail address so they can send me the image.  Very odd.  I have known one friend for months (MONTHS!) and go out with her pretty regularly and just finally felt comfortable enough around her to start taking pictures of our kids together.

    Anyway, all that to say: I wholeheartedly support learning that phrase.  Along with “where is the bathroom?“

  6. By on September 08, 2010

    I also have issues taking pictures in public! If I’m in a city I’ve never gone to before as a tourist I don’t feel weird but if I’m in a place around my home for some reason I think it’s weird to take pictures! If I see people with their cameras out I don’t think they’re weird. It’s very odd! I don’t know why I hold myself to a different standard or something.

    Beautiful mural though! I’m glad you took a picture of it!

  7. By erin on September 12, 2010

    I am always afraid of being that strange woman snapping away, but I don’t think anything of others doing it.  Who knows!

    My other thing is, I worry also that I will miss out on being present if I am too concerned with being behind the camera.  And then I do get “too” present and forget to take pictures.  As a result we have a billion pictures from about half of our outings and events, and none from the other half. :)

  8. By Dawn on September 30, 2010

    You are definitely not alone. I have had the same internal battle with myself on countless occasions!

  9. By on January 03, 2011

    This post makes me think of the book Ira Sleeps Over. Its about how Ira doesn’t know if he should take his teddy bear with him to sleep over or not. You should read it if you haven’t already.


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