Bratislava

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Thing Three. Whenever possible, view your daughter as a front page story. Then get the story.

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These photos of the Eleven O’Clock Girls in Bratislava, Slovakia, remind me just how much I remember about our trip through Europe last summer. Which is a lot. Which is a direct result of its having been documented. I remember the day in these pictures like it was yesterday. Because there are photos of it.  The companion story for this photo could be, “The petals fall under the spell of some interesting new acquaintances.”

The caption for the one below could read, “Miss Zinnia.  Silly girl.”

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Take photos.  And when you’ve got a minute, write down a place, a date, an impression or two. The story in the one below:  “Blue eyes. In Bratislava.”

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I want to be clear: when I say “get the story,” I don’t mean sit down and write War And Peace. Nor do I mean mortgage your home to get the appropriate scrapbooking supplies.  I love that some folks scrapbook!  I wish I did.  I kept trying.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get that gene. Once, I walked into a scrapbooking store in Arizona, looked around for a bit, and, when someone asked if they could help me, out of my mouth came the bizarre (and involuntary!) words, “Do people ever report wanting to slit their wrists when they come in here?”–at which point said woman (very helpful, bless her) gave me a brisk smile and hurried away. Fast.

The story for this photo of Miss Lavender could read, “Something’s going on behind those eyes.”

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Or this one. “Oh happy day!”

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Or, “Zinnie and Lavender doing something vaguely yogic.”

Millie and Tess get silly_6561

The Official Story of your daughter on any given day, at any given moment, gets written with the click of a shutter and a few thoughtful strokes on a keyboard (or in a journal, say). But we’ve gotta get them, these stories. Before our girls walk off into their own lives.

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Wish I’d started this in earnest.  Sooner.  I’d remember so many more days like they were yesterday!

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Hey. Guys. Bratislava Is Hot!

by Becky on July 23, 2012

in Fun

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So we dock in Bratislava, Slovakia and set off, all of us, to discover the city.  The roiling summer heat nearly scares us back to our air conditioned cruise ship, but we persevere.  And hey!–the city brings out the kid in everyone!  The camera loves my kids loving this place.
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  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay goofing off Bratislava - Tessa and Millay goofing off Bratislava - Tessa and Millay goofing off
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  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay as ballerinas Bratislava - Tessa and Millay as ballerinas Bratislava - Tessa and Millay as ballerinas
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  • Bratislava - Millay at door Bratislava - Millay at door Bratislava - Millay at door
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  • Bratislava - Tessa and Millay another ballerina pose Bratislava - Tessa and Millay another ballerina pose Bratislava - Tessa and Millay another ballerina pose
     

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