my favourite photo

Thanks so much for Hot Cross Mum’s tag – to show and tell my favourite photo. In this digital age when we have more photos than blades of grass in our garden, this was no mean feat. But I’m a great believer in instinct and not over-thinking, so the first picture that popped into my head when faced with the challenge is the one I’m going for (as opposed to the 254 subsequent ones that i picked after much thought).

This is me and my mum at Daisy’s christening. I love this photo for so many reasons, the obvious one being the sheer joy and happiness and love we all share – three generations of smiles. But it also represents the beginning of so many things. A new relationship with my mum – one based on our love of my children, and her being needed once again, after years of being pushed away by an independent, cocky teenager and twenty-something. It represents the beginning of my life as a mum, an incredible journey that I am still only on the first tentative steps of. And finally, it represents the beginning of my writing career – this picture was included with my first ever published article called Mothers & Daughters ( ) that began a new era for me and hopefully the stepping stones towards a lifetime of writing .

The future is impossible without the past, and often I have struggled with managing the two forceful elements of my life – the pre-children and post-children me…. and yet my mum has been the bridge between the two, keeping me sane and intact while while I often unravelled. Three generations of smiles are still smiling, and that makes me happier than pretty much anything else.

About Grin & Tonic by Alana Kirk

Bouncing into middle age armed with courage, ambition and a pair of tweezers (chin hairs for anyone over the age of 45 reading this) I am a writer with a mission: to redefine this midway point in my life when the last thing I want to do is hang up my high heels and become invisible. This is the end of the beginning, not the beginning of the end. A single mum to 3 fabulous girls, an author, and a fundraising consultant, both ends of my candle are on fire. As I enter this new stage of my life, I want to explore what it means for 'mid-aged' women today, who were promised they could have it all, ended up doing it all, and just do not identify with the traditional image of middle age.
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8 Responses to my favourite photo

  1. Awwwwww…that is so beautiful. You totally made me tear up. I love the photo too. You all do look amazingly full of love and happiness.


  2. foodie mummy says:

    That's a lovely photo. Where would we be without our mums? I do believe that becoming a mother yourself brings you closer to your own mother. X


  3. Caz says:

    What a lovely photo, it does seem to speak. Faces in different ages but all filled with happiness. Lovely.


  4. Mummy mania says:

    thanks so much Caz …. of course on another day it could all be tears but isn't that the beauty of mothers and daughters?


  5. That is a lovely photo and I too believe that having a baby brings you closer to your mum, puts a whole different perspective on your relationship.x


  6. This post made me cry. It sums up the relationship I've had with my own Mum, through the angry teenager stage and the know it all twenty something. We've found a different relationship since I had Little Legs and now there's an overwhelming understanding between us. Your photo sums it all up perfectly x


  7. neeser says:

    What a lovely picture. There is no doubt that Daisy was surrounded by love in that moment, and she felt it. Thank you for sharing it with us.


  8. vegemitevix says:

    You know what, it made me cry too. Thank you so much for posting it. x


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