Monday, October 06, 2008

Shaina punim

Levy faces
London, ON
October 2008
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Quick note: We're dealing with kids all week long as part of the latest Thematic Photographic theme. Click here to jump in with both feet. Head over here to participate in the latest Caption This. Either way, you'll smile.
If you ask my kids, they'll tell you I probably take too many pictures of them. Even though I've never been a fan of the posed shot, and shudder at the prospect of ordering people around to fit my perception of reality, it's not too difficult for a child to become a little self conscious when dear old dad is snapping away at the oddest moments. I get that. I also get that sometimes they want it to be turned off.

But they have so much of my wife in them - the way they look, talk, walk and carry themselves - that I often can't resist picking up the camera and risking their kid-wrath. They'll thank me for it eventually, I tell myself. They don't appreciate the historical value of these pictures, I continue. Then I add a little whipped cream for good measure: they'll make great slide show material when they get married someday.

Okay, let's not go there for a couple of decades, shall we?

About these photos: Zach's on top, Dahlia's next, then Noah takes us home. Sometimes I think I've evolved into the storyteller that I am because we had them, that I wouldn't be anything like the person I am if we hadn't become parents.

Your turn: So, will the grandparents be pleased? How long till they start asking for the next batch of pictures?

21 comments:

lissa said...

Quote:
Your turn: So, will the grandparents be pleased?

That's a rhetorical question right? How could they NOT?!

How long till they start asking for the next batch of pictures?
Posted by Carmi at 11:27 PM


11:28 P.M would be my guess...

Your children are beautiful, Carmi, objectively speaking they are stunning.

But from all I know from your writings, and from all I know about you and Debbie, I know they are beautiful human beings and are continuing to grow as such, modeled by two exceptional human beings.

And I'm not just saying that.

Thank you for sharing the kinderlach (I don't know the plural for "shaina punim")...continue the awesome journey!!

With much love for the new year to you all.

Lynda said...

Oh, I think the grandparents will LOVE those photos - they're just plain wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Your son is your exact copy if i would go back n time I would of said Carmi??
Bless them both and gmar hatima tova!

Rose

Barb said...

Zach and Noah: so handsome, so tolerant. I can see just a hint of "Ok, Dad, just one more shot" in Noah's face. Dahliah is downright beautiful. You caught a far away look in her face about which poets through the ages have written volumes! But most of all these children reflect the love they receive from their wonderful parents.

Barb said...

Zach and Noah: so handsome, so tolerant. I can see just a hint of "Ok, Dad, just one more shot" in Noah's face. Dahliah is downright beautiful. You caught a far away look in her face about which poets through the ages have written volumes! But most of all these children reflect the love they receive from their wonderful parents.

Pinky said...

Beautiful children, Carmi. Yours appear to be contemplative, like my eldest. And it seems to me that they become slightly stiff around the camera somewhere about age 8?? Mine did, anyway.

I just got an order of photos in yesterday. Yessss, the grandparents are happy, indeed!

Simone said...

too many.
I kick myself for sometimes carry my camera around and not taking any.

Worse still when I forget it!

{i}Post said...

Of course the grandparents will be pleased! They are beautiful children and they are beautiful photos as well!

MorahMommy said...

My beauties!

That's all I can say about them. Our children are gorgeous and they have good hearts...makes them beautiful on the inside!

Zelda and Irving said...

From the very pleased and extremely proud grandmother....such beautifully adorable children!! Pictures always welcomed. Your blog gives me insight as to what is happening in their lives.
Thank you
Bubbie Zee

Mojo said...

They may carry a lot of Debbie in them, but just from what you can see in photographs, there's an awful lot of Carmi going on there too. Especially Zach.

And I strongly suspect that there's a lot of both of you not visibly apparent happening under the surface. And that's the part I hope they'll always keep.

(PS: Lissa, I have no idea what "Shaina punim" means, but it sounds like it's already plural.)

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LZ Blogger said...

You just can't take TOO MANY pictures of your kids! ~ jb///

I am a Tornado ~ proven fact! said...

Your youngest is the picture of you ...

Thanks for those, they are beautiful children.

Heidi said...

These are great... I am sure they have already asked you for the next batch of photos!

margie said...

nothing says cute like the words shaina punam, except maybe, oy what a shaina punam. shana tovah to you and your family.

lissa said...

mojo - shaina punim translates to beautiful face, from the Yiddish...but means so much more than just the words.

For years and years, growing up, I thought my Jewish name WAS shaina punim or shaina maidel (maidel - girl)...not being a Yiddish speaker, but growing up with grandparents who were, that's what I took away.

Well, if that's already plural? It works for me!

(btw - HUGE hello to Bubbie Zee - long time no see but fond fond memories. And HUGE hugs to morahmommy - you've every reason to be sooooooo proud, not only of the kidlets but the daddy-o too!)

kenju said...

Carmi, they are such handsome children!! I can see both you and your lovely wife in them.

Star said...

Beautiful Children. I see much of you in them as well. Do any of them have the journalist or the photoist bug? As for when grandparents want the next photos, Carmi, as a grandparent I can tell you, there are never enough photos!

photowannabe said...

Yup...as a Grandparent myself I can say they will definitely be pleased. There are never enough pictures of those we love. Kids grow so fast, it seems, so I know I want to stop time and savor the moments.
I hated when my Dad took pictures of me, oh so long ago. He took forever to get everything just right. (His Dad was a professional photographer)Now I'm happy he took them as I have a album of family history.
Sorry, I didn't know this was going to be such a long comment.
OK...I'm done.

Expat Mom said...

Your kids look so much like you! :D My parents are always wanting more photos of the boys. Unfortunately, my camera cable is broken, so it`s a bit complicated to get the photos onto my computer to send!

Gordon said...

Hmm the "poses" are quite funny, your daughter is defiantly thinking will you just get that camera out of my face please dad.
Yeah the "slideshow" will go down like a lead balloon maybe but it will be funny, I can see it now, oh don't mind dear old dad, he just likes to wheel these old photos out to try and embarrass me, it didn't work then it won't work now..
Oh boy just thought about it one day that could be me delightfully cute and loveable nephew doing just that bring his first girlfriend back to meet dear "old mom n dad" god help him...