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The REAL story behind the camera

May 10, 2010

Hi Dear Readers. I’m back. By popular demand? Not so sure about that. By my husband’s demand? Definitely not so sure about that. But I do have a story to tell.

Recently my lovely husband told you about the new camera he purchased. Well, I’m here to tell you the REAL story behind the camera and how it came to be. You see, my husband came to me about 6 months ago with a proposal. No, not a proposal to have another child (please, I’m still having PTSD from the 52 hours of labor that my lovely son put me through) but a proposal to buy a nice new camera so he could take better pictures of birds in the field. Now, he proposed putting aside a little bit of money every month to ultimately reach his goal of however much the camera was going to be. We estimated it would take about a year or so. Seemed reasonable to me. I mean, we’re not exactly rolling in the money in the Swick household, so I liked this monthly installment plan. Yes, I am a doctor, but as my husband sometimes points out, not THAT kind of doctor. I’m a doctor of social work. Of what you say? You help people work on being social? Right, that’s it.

So imagine my surprise when my husband approaches me recently and asks if he can just take the plunge and buy the camera now. And I say, but what do you mean dear? You have 6 more months of saving up money. And at that moment, he knew exactly what to say. “Well, I was thinking one of the main reasons I want to get the camera is to take good pictures of Noah.”


That’s all he needed to say.  I quickly became jelly in his hands. “But of course dear!!!!! And what do you mean you only want that tiny lens?!?! Don’t you want that bigger, way more expensive lens so we can capture every single little morsel of Noah’s development?!” What a genius my husband is – pulling the Noah card. Works. Every. Darn. Time.

However, I had one stipulation. And that was that the day he got the camera he had to put it on our homeowners insurance because we all remember too well the day that he left his binoculars on the top of his car after a birding trip with Noah and quickly sped away. “Well, at least it wasn’t Noah that I left on top of the car,” he exclaims. Right. Good point.

I still remember that day so clearly – him coming home and then practically sprinting back out the door to walk along the highway to look for his binoculars. This is the call that almost followed:

Policeman: “Um, ma’am. We’ve spotted a man on the side of the road. We can’t tell if he’s lost, homeless, or frankly somewhat demented. Or, he might be your husband.”

Me: “Oh, is that right? Well, what is he doing?”

Policeman: “Well, he looks very scraggly, he is sweating like a mad man, is rummaging through the ditch on the side of the road, and keeps throwing his hands up over his head.”

Me: “Oh, yes, that would be my husband.”

But in all honesty, I shouldn’t complain too much about Nathan purchasing expensive items. The man hardly buys anything EVER. I practically have to drag him kicking and screaming to the mall to buy new clothes once every two years. It pretty much takes me sitting him down telling him that no dear,  stone washed jeans are no longer in style, and no dear, they haven’t been for the last 20 years to get him to actually agree to go.

And I must admit that the camera does take lovely pictures. And on that note, until next time (well, that is if my husband is still talking to me after this post), I leave you with some pictures N8 has taken with his new camera of my most prized possession:

  1. May 10, 2010 10:31 am

    Fun post! Now if only I had a card up my sleeve to use on my husband for a new camera. Haha! Cute kid, btw.

  2. May 10, 2010 12:50 pm

    Super cute photos of that little guy! We also spent several months saving up cash and even selling my prized but extremely dorky scooter in order to purchase a camera. I’ve always wanted one for birding and my wife has always wanted one for the more important task of documenting the rearing and adventures of our four kids. We just our first dSLR camera a couple weeks ago too and lovin’ it. Some good pics of birds and some great photos of the kids!

    We enjoy your sense of humor Danielle and look forward to future posts. Thanks for loving a birder. It takes a special type of spouse for sure.

  3. May 10, 2010 2:35 pm

    Pure delight! I couldn’t stop laughing about the Noah card. Brilliant move.

    Yes, you’re definitely in demand around these parts. Nate should bow to the pressure and let you post regularly.

    And the photos are fantastic! Noah is one exceptionally cute little guy. He’ll be a real heartbreaker when he grows up.

  4. May 10, 2010 5:44 pm

    Great post! And people wonder how I managed to replace my poor broken SLR so quickly…never considering that it broke about a month after Desi was born.

    So, people, if you want a new great camera all you have to do is have a kid and your significant other will have no choice!

    Kids: enabling birders to buy better cameras to take pictures of birds they will never see…

  5. Danielle permalink
    May 10, 2010 6:15 pm

    @Katie – thanks! cute pets might work too if you have one of those. : )

    @Idaho_Birder – thanks for your kind words! you’re right, it does take a special kind of spouse to love a birder but he also puts up with some of my crazy quirks so i’d say we’re about even.

    @jason – thanks so much! we’ll see if nathan is still talking to me tonight after how much i’ve revealed about him in this post. : ) and yea, i’m a little worried about the heartbreaker bit…but he’s not going to date until he’s 30 so really, it won’t be a problem.

    @corey – thanks! and having a kid just to get a new camera seems like a perfect deal to me. i mean kids aren’t THAT much work are they? ; )

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