by Karen Walrond
The beauty of being away from my family for any amount of time is definitely the homecoming. I never feel as grateful for my daily routine than when I am removed from it for awhile. Each mundane task feels a little more special from the perspective of deep gratitude. Photographer and mom Karen Walrond’s photo series captures that homecoming magic beautifully -- that moment when every color feels more vibrant, each moment heightened, each connection more tender. It almost makes me want to leave just to come back home again.
Photo by Maile Wilson
"Returning Home" in Karen's own words:
"I travel a lot for my job, and this year has been pretty exceptional in that regard. When I took these photos, I had just returned from a week away in Africa, was dealing with a nasty bout of jetlag, and was eager to get back into my daily routine. This is what my day normally looks like, but I was feeling particularly grateful for each moment, since it had been awhile since I'd had a day like this.
7:10 a.m. Getting my daughter Alex ready for school. She's recently developed a fondness for wildly-coloured socks.
7:20 a.m. Breakfast time. Normally, we have eggs, but we thought we'd splurge on Rice Krispies today.
8:30 a.m. Time to get to work. The day officially begins when I sit at my desk with a hot cup of tea in my favourite polka-dotted mug
11:45 a.m. Jetlag comes on, full-force. Decided to take myself out for a solo business lunch at an outdoor sushi place. It totally woke me up.
1:30 p.m. Grocery run -- fruit, gluten-free cookies, and a gallon of milk.
3:25 p.m. Time to pick Alex up from school!"
Karen Walrond is a writer, photographer, author, and creative mind behind Chookooloonks.com. She lives in Houston with her husband Marcus, her daughter Alex, and Rufus the Wonderdog. And she's wildly convinced you're uncommonly beautiful. @chookooloonks
Photos via Karen Walrond