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I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's February 9th, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.

Maybe you've heard this phrase before. History doesn't repeat, but it does rhyme. And this last weekend, I had a small reminder of just how true this can be. And once again, I get the opportunity to use this failure as a seed.

"Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm." –Winston S. Churchill

All right. To start off, let's rewind to last week, to Thursday's  episode called destroy all evidence. I told the story of how there are no pictures of my son Wyatt on the day he was born. And that it was all my fault. I didn't load the film correctly and ended up buying a digital camera. And up until now, I hadn't looked back. Well, funny story about digital cameras, they need a memory card.

All right. Maybe it wasn't that funny. As our family has been navigating the pandemic, I've been looking for ways to spend some time with my daughter, Elodie. And when I started working on Kind and Curious late last year, I knew I would need lots of pictures for the website and social channels, and Elodie has an interest in photography. So I had this genius idea that would land at the intersection of all these things.

Each Sunday morning, Elodie and I are getting in the car and we're going someplace around Los Angeles and we're taking pictures. Then I'll sit down at the computer, put on some music and sift through the pictures I've taken and contribute some of them to the website Unsplash. I become a huge fan of the work they're doing, and this does a few things in my mind.

My daughter and I get time together. Most weeks we get donuts. I get the opportunity to work on my photography skills and give back to the creative community at Unsplash that's given me lots of amazing pictures to work with.

There are some weeks where she has other things to do, and so I go out alone. I scout a location and usually end up taking a lot of pictures. That brings us to this past weekend. I wasn't aware that the Sony 6400 would let you take pictures without a memory card. (cue sad trombone sound)

And as soon as I saw the small flashing icon, I remembered that I'd left the card, plugged into the computer at home. Now, I should've noticed this earlier and to be clear, not having random pictures of landscapes or signs is nowhere close to not having the pictures of my son's birth, but I was struck by just how much history was rhyming.

So what's the takeaway?

Sometimes we get the opportunity to learn the same lessons over and over, for instance, check the camera twice. Sometimes there are years between these lessons and sometimes they come day after day, but I've come to believe that Churchill is right on this one. If we can stumble from failure to failure, whether it's in photography or with our parenting skills, and not lose our enthusiasm, in the end, we will know what success looks like.

So I'll try again next week. And yes, I did buy a backup memory card just in case. . Now pick up the pace and picture the face that was blind to the time when history rhymed.. what? ... is this where I drop the mic?

I hope you find this helpful, be sure to take care of yourself today. Hydrate. And remember, there is no perpetual parenting playbook, we're all learning as we go. So with curiosity as our map and a willingness to go from failure to failure and not lose our enthusiasm, we can be ready for anything.

So good luck. You've got this. I'm rooting for you.

With gratitude,