The Sling Diaries, Volume VII. A photo-documentary chronicling the art of baby wearing in the lives of families around the world. Over the course of six months, Sling Diarists will create their own Sling Diary though a series of diary entries interpreting a unique theme given to them each month.
Meet all of our Sling Diarists here.
I know you won't remember this wanderlust life
This life spent in constant motion, with new sensations at every landing.
Toes disappearing in sand as you face off with the Jersey Shore
Scottish daffodils tickling your infant feet
Finding your voice, in the brightest dress you own, as you set off on the busy streets of Barcelona
Your first birthday and you let everyone know it
You won't remember the details
Nights spent round the kitchen table, planning
Full days of packing
The sway of high-speed, sometimes creaky, trains to France, Belgium, and throughout our new country
A sway you were so determined to conquer, toddling through each carriage, stopping to make friends with the nicer passengers
The tireless hours spent on planes, refusing sleep in favor of pulling the shade "up down up down" and peeking between seat cushions, hoping for one more smile from the kind person behind us
I know you won't remember
But I want you to
When you ask me what a memory is, I’ll say
Like passing clouds of moments in your mind
Some scary, accompanied by the thunderstorms and lightning that life can sometimes provide
Others consuming the expansive sky
But more, and I hope too many to count, those big, fluffy clouds
Those memories that bring you joy and make you smile.
That's what this is
My heart is so full with all you've already seen and experienced
"Wow," a whisper on my neck
Finger stretched to a point
A creeping hint of a smile
With your curious nature, you're learning this world
I have no way of knowing what your first memories will be
First memories are often confused with stories we hear or photos we see
And that's okay
We have plenty
I want to tell you it all
I want you to relive these beautiful, crazy moments
And perhaps, one day, you'll embark on your own wanderlust adventure
But most of all, I hope you remember the love.