On my 5th birthday, my parents gave me a bright blue Fisher Price/Kodak camera and took me on a Riverboat ride. After we'd eaten a meal and I blew out the candles on my cake, they took me up the stairs and to the top of the boat and let me snap away at my surroundings: I snapped away at them, at the boat with the big wheel, and at the Missouri River as we floated along.
Words cannot describe how excited my new blue present made me feel. I loved the feel of pressing the yellow button down everytime I took a picture, and I wanted to master the way my mom rewinded the film for me by using the button on the bottom of the camera.
While my 5-year-old self looked out the lens of the camera, everything I saw was beautiful, and it didn't matter if I cut off a few heads in my pictures or that I actually missed the log that drifted down the river beside our boat with the big wheel. In my mind that day I'd captured what I saw, and everything was beautiful.
It was a Birthday and a present that I will always remember...
"Life is not significant details, illuminated by a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are."
Read about another person's love for the same camera at the age of 5 and see a picture of the little blue camera! Blog Entry with picture of camera: Ode to Filmfrom the blog titled Will Work For Clothes.