I had the pleasure of having a girls day out with my Mom and 11 year old daughter a few weeks ago. We took a trip to Massachusetts and spent the day at an old favorite of mine, Old Sturbridge VIllage.
I have fond memories of taking an elementary school field trip there when I was around 10 or 11. Then I took another field trip while in photography school, in fact I think we went there twice. They were completely different trips, one being corralled by teachers and chaperones and staying in-line. The other we drove ourselves there, walked around aimlessly, trying to get the best environmental portraits that we could, or not, but it was fun either way. This trip was completely different from the others as well. This time I was able to watch my daughter enjoy all the great things Sturbridge has to offer. As a girl who really loves learning about history I saw her take it all in and try to grasp what life was really like in the 19th century, more so than I remember doing.
My Mom and I ( and sometimes my Grandmother) took many day trips together when I was growing up. I'm not sure when it all happened but were at a new stage now, where my Grandmother has passed, but my daughter can fully partake in these trips with my Mom and I. She's an individual with thoughts and interests of her own and she can hold meaningful conversations, unlike when she was a baby or toddler and I was busy changing diapers or running to the potty one more time. This trip made a beautiful impact on me. Yes, my baby girl is growing up and getting older (and so am I!), but we are now creating the same kinds of memories that I hold dear to my heart of when my Mom and I took day (or week) trips like this. I'm so excited for all the great places and memories we will experience together and I also hope that I will be able to capture them all digitally for her to keep and show her children one day and maybe start her own Grandmother-Mother-daughter (or son) bonding trips of her own.
The following are a few of my present day images. I'd like to think my photography skills have improved slightly.
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