I’ve decided to take a photograph every day of our summer vacation as a way to document how we fill our time over the next two months.
It’s made me live in the present. It’s made me pay attention.
I’ve been having conversations with my friends about living in the moment, about taking a deep breath, even if it’s through clenched teeth, and paying attention. This is as much a lifestyle challenge as it is a photography challenge.
I’ve begun my summer series with the last day of school, which is officially the start of summer vacation. We went with a group of friends to a swim club right after school. We grilled chicken and hot dogs and had potato salad and pasta salad and quinoa salad and green salad and another pasta salad for the vegetarians among us. I brought a stash of bacon in a ziplock bag to add to the potato salad that I made. We passed it around surreptitiously and I couldn’t swear to it, but it seemed like the spouses of the non-meat eaters may have followed the movement of that bacon a little too closely.