Mila turned seven and it had to be celebrated in a big way. A new school, new phase, new year and she could decide what type of party she wanted. After long discussions she very excited announced that she wants a …wait for it…Superhero party.
Me, being her mother and still imagining her a little girl who still fantasises over My little ponies and tea parties, tried to persuade her otherwise, but this seven-year-old didn’t want to budge. I grabbed for my iPad and started going ballistic on Pinterest, pinning all there is to pin about “Superhero parties for girls”. I felt empowered and there were so many things I could do myself. “This is going to be a breeze” I foolishly thought to myself.
10 capes, 1 skirt, a birthday cake that collapsed (both of them) and a quiche later, I looked back over my attempt to be Supermom and realised I can feature on Social media as one of those “Epic fail” memes. Disappointed that my creations didn’t quite match these I saw on Pinterest (and well done to those mothers by the way who does everything so effortless) I switched off the lights and went to bed.
The big day arrived and I watched my daughter celebrate with her friends another year of her existence. How overjoyed I was, not only as her mother, but also a photographer to have been able to capture these moments with her and her friends.
The light was perfect, the setting was great and then Chris and I went info photographer mode, capturing the detail and the interaction between the kids. These moments can’t be fabricated and we were thrilled as we captured the laughter, jokes and silliness they all shared.
As I looked through the lens, I couldn’t help but to have that lump in my throat feeling as I captured her in all her ecstasy and then it suddenly dawned on me that Mila thinks this is the best party ever. She isn’t going to look at the cape’s seems and say it was done poorly. She is not going to look at the cake and ask “mom why is there a hole in the middle?”
At the end of the day we stood in the road after the last people went home. Mila threw her arms around my waist, hugged me tightly and said “Mommy thank you for everything” All of a sudden, all the little things that went wrong melted away.
We captured the moments and these moments will be treasured forever thanks to photography. This is truly not only a gift to me as a mother, but also a gift to my daughter because as she gets older she will understand the true meaning of these memories.
*This blog is not only dedicated to Mila, but also to Chris. Thank you for your love and support and for keeping me calm when the pressure of entertaining got too much :P I love and appreciate you.*