July 3, 2018

 

John's Ice Cream. Liberty, Maine. July 3, 2018

Aaron is back from Boston - he got back on Sunday and we took the boys to John's. Everyone loves this ice cream place, everyone from camp goes there. 

Today was so so so hot and humid. Too hot to think. Too hot to move. I took my third period shibori class to the sprinkler in the backyard to cool down. We were all desperate for a cool down. Tomorrow is going to be hotter! I'm planning on heading to the lake to cool down. I feel like all classes should be canceled and everyone needs to spend the day cooling off in the lake. 

Aaron and I are now upstairs in the peach room, sweating. Yay for summer, I love it! 

June 29, 2018

 

These Things Happen At Camp. June 29, 2018

Mayim got two bug bites on his left ankle, one in front and one in back, his entire foot swelled up. He couldn't walk, it was red and angry. He had to go to the doctor, he was not a happy camper. The doctor said he was getting better and yesterday he felt much better, today he was almost back to normal. The bites had blisters, the blisters popped and things are healing. He did get to hitch a ride with a PD on the golf cart, so that was cool. 

Also, shibori is totally happening at Timbuktu. My classes are mellow, they are even sewing their designs! I am very impressed! Teaching shibori is my favorite part of camp. 

June 25, 2018

 

Hamilton, One Year Ago. Hamilton, Today. June 25, 2018

June 24, 2018

 

Camp Interior. Norm the Dorm. June 24, 2018

For those of you who have not been to sleep away camp, and for those of us who did, but did so as kids, here is what my room looks like at camp. The bed is different than what the kids get, they sleep in bunk beds. But the cubbies are the same. Isn't mine tidy? I am sitting on my bed right now, typing this. It is 9:17 pm and I am ready for bed. It's been really cold at night, so I bought myself a hot water bottle today. I am so excited! How did I not think of this sooner? 

Today I took 2 portraits of every camper. One stays here and one gets sent home to parents. Before this, I did not realize that not all children know how to smile. Some children do not know how. 

Tomorrow is the first day of regular camp schedule I am really happy to have a schedule again. Torpor time will be happening. Today I did not get any down time and I almost cried in the parking lot of Walgreens. Sweet dreams, friends. Love, Eden

May 22, 2018

 

Illuminating Family, Reframing Teen Parenthood. Opening Reception. May 17, 2018

The opening was amazing! Thank you everyone who came to the show! And thank you so much to everyone who helped me pull this tremendous body of work together! To all of my teen families. To my own family, my boys, my sisters, all of my parents. Thank you Aaron, for being my biggest fan. To Lenore, my brilliant curator. To Catherine, my fabulous editor. To my best friend, Meghan, for being there for me, holding the things I can't, yet, and for coming in for the opening. To Marisa, for flying up for the show. To Cousin David, for helping me frame everything and for always being generous and teaching me how to have compassion for myself. To Adam, for helping me find the courage to be my authentic self. To Sandy for supporting me through this whole process. To the Paragon Gallery for choosing to show this body of work. To Kurtis and Lane who hung the show. To Dominic who has been a huge support. To Pushdot, for the gorgeous prints. To Mary, for always supporting this project, always! To Peggy for the fantastic graphic design. To Christa, for teaching me all that I know about Yoga. Thank you to all of my friends for the support, love and encouragement. It really does take a village, I could not have done this without my village. Thank you! (If I forgot to thank you, please know you are not forgotten - just yell at me and I will add you to the list!)

I am still taking it all in. The opening was better than I dreamed it would be. So many of the participants came, it was incredible to see them in the space, with their photos, with all of the other teen parents. A dream come true! The stories that everyone wrote brought people to tears, the stories touched everyone. I was in a state of complete overwhelm for the entire night, through the next days. I am slowly taking it all in. So much to process, so much to learn. I know there are layers I haven't even touched upon yet. 

I must remember that opening a show is an exhausting experience, so next time I will be prepared. I was completely wiped out. Today is the first day since that I feel almost completely myself. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that this show is the culmination of three years of work. And, it is so hard to not think, "What's next?". This gets to settle into my emotional, mental, psychological world, then, when the time is right, I will know what is next. 

Thank you, everyone! Love, Eden