#reverb13 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December designed to reflect on 2013 and project on hopes and dreams for 2014.  Through December 31st Meredith, Kat and I will post each day with a new prompt.  Join us by writing, or join us by reading.   Follow us on Twitter @project_reverb and hashtag #reverb13.  Let’s reverb.

Cry it out: What moment in 2013 brought years to your eyes?  Are you usually a crier?  Or did tearing up take you by surprise?

I’ve already told you how I cried for three days after Michael was born.  Full on shoulders shaking, ugly cry.  Definitely the most tears shed this year.

But you already know that story.  So the other time I cried this year, and the thing that makes tears sting behind my eyes is this picture:

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When I see this picture, I want to cry.  Every time.  I can’t look at it with out getting all emotional.

Being a parent defeats all logic.  Several times a day I want to tear my hair out Britney Spears style and sell my kids to the circus and tell Dan I’m moving out and don’t try to find me because I’m tired of being my family’s maid and so over having my every bathroom visit supervised by small people who want me to open a Go Gurt package while I’m on the toilet.

And then there are those moments where I can’t hug them tight enough, can’t squeeze them enough, where my heart burns with fierce love.

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Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.