It's been a little while since I've had time to take pictures, let alone write a blog post. My wife and I have been preparing for the birth of our second child.
On November 27th he arrived, and with him came all the joy, sleep deprivation, and photo opportunities you might expect.
We named him "Jonas" after the protagonist in the book "The Giver." My wife and I loved that book as children, even reading it again together as full-grown adults right after moving in together. If you're a parent, and you've read the book, then you'll undoubtedly see the symbolism here as well.
Since our eldest was born a couple of years ago, I've felt like so much of what I do is try to share lessons and knowledge with the hope that he will use these things to be better than me. Pretty common stuff as far as parenting goes. The same is true of the characters in "The Giver" living in a dystopian society. In a world where people sacrifice freedom, emotion, and passion, for security and order, one elder is selected to hold the collective memory and history of humanity. With this ocean of understanding, he advises the other leaders when they encounter issues for which they lack the insight to handle. As he gets older, it becomes his job to pass on the knowledge to his replacement, or risk their society losing the wisdom of history. With the knowledge of history comes an awareness of what life is all about. The character Jonas is forced to decide what he'll do with his enlightenment; continue to perpetuate this way of life, or affect change.
It touches on duality, love, hate, violence, joy, and all of the things that make life worthwhile. It forces important questions that cause the reader to take a position.
Choosing the name Jonas, to me, was an acknowledgment of the state of our world. It's a statement of the hopes we have for our kids and dreams we dream for them. We have been incredibly lucky to have two healthy boys. One day, their generation will get the keys to society. I hope they take it in a better direction.
Between the new baby and the holidays, there hasn't been a shortage of reasons or opportunities to take photos. So here's a few more of our boys gearing up for the holidays.
Here's to happy holidays, a happy new year, and new opportunities to learn, grow, and take pictures along the way.