Emotions – The Gallery

When I think of emotions and pictures I guess I don’t so much think of a picture of the emotion, but rather of the emotions that are remembered and felt when looking at pictures.

The pictures I have chosen can not be considered to be great photographic art, in fact they were all taken using my phone and a couple whilst giggling a lot, so they are quite blurred, but to me they tell a story of last summer’s holiday and highlight many of the emotions that holiday involved.

Last summer we went on an amazing trip to visit my husband’s twin brother and his family who live near Seattle on the west coast of America.

In the days and weeks leading up to the trip there was excitement at the prospect of travelling to america and seeing the children’s cousins and visiting their home, the thoughts of seeing lots of new places.

There was anticipation, nerves and anxiety about how the children would manage a long flight (9.5 hours) coupled with an 8 hour time difference.  I was anxious about how my Son with aspergers would cope with all these changes and with the fact that we were going to be travelling around to lots of different and unfamiliar places.  We weren’t staying in our own house, so would not be in control of all the plans.

There was boredom and frustration on the flight, relief at arriving.  There was joy at seeing their cousins, excitement arriving at the house, exploring the garden, sitting in the hot-tub, and friendship as the girls chatted and brushed hair as though they saw each other every week.

Then there was total exhaustion on the first night as the emotions finally overwhelmed someone:

Asleep complete with DS and stylus sill in her hand

We had an action packed 2 and a half weeks, mainly of excitement, the thrill of flying in a Sea Plane over Victoria Harbour on Vancouver Island. wonder at seeing whales diving in the ocean, boredom on a couple of long car journeys, relief as B seemed to take it all his stride.  Horror and awe at learning the story of the eruption of Mount St Helens in 1980.  Fun of spending time together, frustration when we discovered we were camping for 2 nights in a ‘dry’ county and the beer cooler was empty!

And finally love, in a brother / man kind of way – not that they would admit it – but the laughs we had, the nights out and the nights in sitting on the deck drinking beer or round a camp-fire on the edge of a lake with Mount St Helens in the background.

Mount St Helens and Silver Lake

Brothers on our last night out of the holiday

And then it was time to go  home.  Again, sadness that the children would all be another couple of years older before they see each other again, mixed with relief that everything had gone well and that we had all those happy memories and that the holiday had been such an amazing success and fantastic experience.

This post is linked to week 110 of The Gallery.  To find out more visit Sticky Fingers blog.

About Violets Diary

Visually impaired Mum, with VI hubby, 2 disabled children. Disability campaigner, novice blogger and tweeter. Trying to put the world to rights and share our journey and positive stories. https://violetsdiary.wordpress.com
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18 Responses to Emotions – The Gallery

  1. Molly says:

    This is a lovely story of families reunited.


  2. Herding Cats says:

    Such a lovely post. The time spent together must have been full of all kinds of emotion.

  3. TheMadHouse says:

    Family are so precious

  4. Jenny paulin says:

    Family time is very special and our story of your trip away makes it sound just wonderful. And what agreat experience for your children when you went – seeing all those amazing sights! You are right, photos do spark different emotions and they don’t need to be the best photos in the world either, they just need to mean something and show what was being felt when they were taken.
    Lovely post x

    • Thats how i feel – We took hundreds of pics on that holiday with the good camera, but it was those ‘spur of the moment’ shots that capture a moment in time, (if not that well) but it just helps the memories 🙂

  5. solodialogue says:

    The photos are beautiful, especially your daughter wearing violet. I grew up in Washington State and remember when it was raining ash after Mt St Helen’s erupted. So long ago now. Hope you have a good time this holiday too & share lots of pictures on your return.

  6. Nikki Thomas says:

    Wow that sounds like the holiday of a life time! Great photos x

  7. Those memories will last a lifetime 🙂

  8. It doesn’t get much better♫♪

  9. eggdipdip says:

    What a lovely tale and a lovely example of the power of photographs to stir some pretty powerful emotions!

    • Thank you For your lovely comment. Thats what I love about taking photographs. They don’t have to be works of art, it’s about capturing the moment & keeping the memory & emotion 😃

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