The Sweetest Greeting. Elijah wakes up from his nap somewhere between 3-4 pm. From the moment that he opens his eyes, he starts asking, what sounds like, “Where’s my daddy?”. It is not very clear, but I’m sure that this is what he is trying to say. He knows that after his nap, it won’t be long before daddy is home. He shrugs his shoulders, lifts up both his hands, and asks, “Whe da deedee?” When Justin comes through the door, Elijah (if he is not distracted) will run as fast as his little legs will carry him, arms flinging around, and face filled with joy, straight into Justin’s arms.
One afternoon this week, my classes were cancelled so I took Eli downstairs to play in the late afternoon sunlight. It was “the golden hour” and I wanted to practice taking some backlit photos of him playing. We stayed in our complex gardens until Justin messaged to say that he had climbed off the bus. He gets off a few stops before home so that he can walk the last couple of blocks, for extra exercise. Elijah and I left our apartment complex and walked down the road along which I knew Justin would be coming up. When I could see Justin in the distance, I bent down and started pointing at him while telling Eli to look for daddy. It took a bit of time for Elijah to see him, but when he did, the biggest smile spread across his face. I patted his butt, and said “go… go get daddy”, and he took off running. I could hear his squeals of delight, and saw his arms swinging wildly. I know that Justin could see that sweet face of his, filled with absolutely joy, because he also started to grin!
Probably a few seconds too late, but I picked up my camera and took a few pictures. I had been photographing in a darker area inside the gardens so the photos all came out overexposed. In the moment there was no time to make adjustments… but I darkened them up in Aperture, and I still love this “sweetest greeting”. I’ll try and capture this moment from the other side, so that you can see Elijah’s face as he runs to greet us. In fact, this sweet moment deserves a video. I never want to forget this. It is absolutely ADORABLE!
Look at the joy!