Broken Light: A Photography Collective

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Ghostly Child

Photo taken by a mom who has been in a bad depression since before her child was born, almost two years ago.

About this photo: Some days are better than others, but I never feel like a good mom. If I get energy it usually only lasts for about 10 seconds, not even one lap of “get you” around the dining room, or I get too much energy and I get a little wild, which is probably fun for her but not so healthy, especially if I stay up all night. The other times I am completely zoned out; usually the latter. I never feel totally comfortable caring for her on my own, or that I am able to be the mom that she deserves. It’s definitely not how I pictured motherhood to be. Thankfully I have had a supportive family and doctors. I just wish I could get better faster, or that I could somehow slow down her development so she could wait for me. I feel like I’m missing it all in a big blur. 

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5 comments on “Ghostly Child

  1. columbibueno
    April 19, 2012

    Such a symbolic image.


  2. jmgoyder
    April 19, 2012

    So difficult.


  3. anotherthousandwords
    April 20, 2012

    This is a really fine abstraction!


  4. Oh wow. This is just wonderful. Thanx for passing by my blog too!


  5. sorry to hear you’re in such a horrible time of your life. I’ve been in your shoes! and despite the fight is not over for me it is much better than it used to be.
    This picture is really powerful, btw!


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