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It's somewhat ironic that I should be writing about trying to balance family life and photography life as my son is trying to crawl on top of me while I write this. The exact words that just escaped my lips were, "Go snuggle your Opa." Yes, this one is going to be a short one on top of a non-existent one from last week because my dad is down to visit. He's spending time with all of us, but is gracious enough to watch the small child while I work for a couple of days as well.
I almost didn't take the jobs this week because he was coming down, but he reminded me that it's not only important to spend time with family, but to support them as well and that I need to do what I need to do. It was similar words last year that prompted us to move down to Kannapolis from Buffalo in the first place...as much as he'd miss us.
Sometimes saying, "Family First" almost seems paradoxical. Does that mean go to work so you can provide for your family...or take time off from work and spend more time with family? I think it really depends on where you are in life. Currently we don't have a surplus of money for me to take time off...which means I have to take the job. At least we have a loving family that doesn't mind my being gone for 6 hours or so at a time while they're down here to visit so that I can work.
I think I'm going to end this one here, as the boyo has snuggled up to me which means I am now having to type with one hand, and Opa and I are watching his DVD from his trip to Africa with my uncle that he took a few weeks ago.
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