I thought Bun Bun’s first smile would be like the sun appearing from behind a cloud–you know, with angels singing and so forth? But no. It turns out it’s a lot like feeling her move for the first time. There’s a certain amount of OH! WAS THAT IT?! IS SHE SMILING!?! Oooo! Oooo! And then I’d palpate her belly to see if she was instead straining to take a shit. Romantic, huh? But while not as black and white as I expected, it has certainly happened, and is certainly a magical thing.
So then I tried to capture it on film. After about 50 shots, this was a close as I could get.
Skeptical. Vaguely annoyed. Thinking, Mama is tiresome. Almost like happy, right?