In 1998 our first child was born. She’ll be 12 soon.
I was finishing my last year at Brooks Institute of Photography. This was the photo we sent to our family members to announce our upcoming birth.
It was Sam’s idea, to tell everyone we were expecting. I joked/tested the idea/hoped that Sam would go with my idea that we should just show up in Boise on Thanksgiving with a baby.
Here’s how I saw the scene playing out.
You had a Baby?
In Jon’s Mothers House. After a long flight and a cab ride. Jon and Sam walk in with a baby in a car seat.
(Furrowed brow. Gravely concerned)
“Hey..Wait a minute. Who’s baby is that?”
(Plops car seat down on sofa)
“It’s our’s. We named her Bailey”
(Shocked with Hand on chest)
“You had a baby?”
(Casually swings the door to the fridge open and says as his head is in the fridge)
“Yeah, We had her in September. I guess it’s been about two months now. We got real busy at school so we just never got around to saying anything.” “It’s no big deal. We plan on having several more so we wanted to see…”
(interrupts Jon and whirls him around by his elbow. Slaps his face twice)
“YOU HAD A BABY AND YOU DIDN’T TELL US!”
(Rubbing his cheek)
“Is there something wrong?”
Luckily Sam didn’t go with my scheme. Instead we sent little handmade darkroom prints to our parents and siblings. I can’t remember the copy we sent with the photograph. If I were to write it today it’d say one of these things:
“We’ve got an announcement, call us”
“This photograph of our hands indicates that a child will enter our lives in approximately 8 months. Thank you”
“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for two people to combine biology and form a more perfect person. It is required by normal social decorum to announce said combination in an interesting way.”
We’ve got a week to go before Sam delivers our 5th child. I am so excited to meet Kimi. I feel giddy.