snap september 2009: Miss Violet says “Yeah!”September 10, 2009
The sweetie on the left is Violet, age one, and yes, she’s wearing a KISS T-shirt under her seatbelt. That’s mom Paula beaming to the right. I, shaky photographer, snapped them on my most recent trip to the actual 11th ave, in Sandy Hook, Manitoba, when my brother, rocker dad Richard, brought them home from L.A. to meet my mom. Okay, proud aunt moment, but not just that. You see, Violet is one of those watchful babies. She doesn’t make strange with new people, but neither is she a pushover. So when she goes from seriously studying every move you make, as she did with her new aunt Denise, to doling out the smile you see here, well I felt more than gratitude. I’m taking it as a zen lesson in patience. What’s the rush? Look around. Take stock. Then claim what’s yours. Which Miss Violet does with an emphatic “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!” I don’t know if it was her first word, but it’s definitely her favourite. So when Miss Violet says “Yeah!”, you know she means it. Take note. Or just coo over the baby.