Cheese! - South Dade News Leader: Doris D Meneses

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Posted: Friday, June 5, 2015 12:00 am

It was 6 p.m. when four vehicles pulled into Matheson Hammock Park last week. TV crews crowded the parking lot as earlier in the day the body of a missing woman was found in the water. Evidently three people were on a boat and no one realized that the woman was missing. In contrast to the booming antennas of the news crews’ vans, kite boarders created a rainbow across the skyline and they jumped across the water. It was too late to go swimming and the cars were not coming to watch the news but the occupants of the vehicles were there for a purpose.

Out of the first vehicle emerged three adults who joined the occupants of the second vehicle which were a young couple with a two month old baby boy. The occupants of the third vehicle spilled out onto the parking lot. It included a seven-year-old boy, a two-year-old girl, a six month old baby girl and two adults. Finally, the people inthe fourth vehicle, a large SUV, came out. It included three adults, a four-year-old boy, a two-year-old girl and a six month old baby boy.

Total tally? Ten adults and seven children. Seventeen people. But why were they at the park at this time of the day?

Some of the adults stood at the back of the vehicles and changed diapers and put clothing on the little ones. Soon everyone was being herded over to the beach area where they walked to a table and met up with a young lady named JackelynMarcos. Jackelyn looked like a high school student however she is almost through with college. She gathered everyone and began to ask questions and then directed people where to move or stand and which child to hold. Like a complicated game of “Simon Says” or “Mother May I”, the people moved where directed. It was then that the hard work began.

What was this group doing at the beach under the direction of Ms. Marcos? This, my friends, was a Mother’s Day gift. My Mother’s Day gift andwe were there for some “memory cheese.” You see, my children gifted me with a family picture session…..a chance to say cheese and capture beautiful memories.

In attendance that evening were our three children and their spouses, our seven grandchildren, Mr. Wonderful, and my brother and sister-in-law who were visiting from Pa. Now do you get the picture? 10 adults and seven children. Might I add that five of the seven children were two or under! I wondered how in the world this would ever work!

Our daughters worked with Jackelyn and set up shots. Mr. Wonderful and myself with all the grandchildren. Mr. Wonderful had to hold the two six-month-olds, Eli and Ellie as I held the two-month-old, Miles. The other children were gathered around. Soon the parents began making faces or whatever it took to get the children’s attention to the photographer. We laughed as Mr. Wonderful was getting weak as the two he was holding were no lightweights. We juggled pacifiers and children.

Next there were pictures of the individual families taken. Then it was all of our children. All of the grandchildren, etc., etc., etc. Hundreds of poses with all different people. Jackelyn went through two digital disks taking pictures. Her patience with the family was wonderful and she had such a fantastic attitude. The two-year-old girls, Avery and Addalyn, were photographed hugging each other by the water and I can’t wait to see those.

At the end, I surprised my brother and his wife who were merely onlookers and had their pictures done by the water and the palm trees. My sister-in-law shed tears of happiness.

At this point, I’m waiting to see the pictures which I should have in the next two weeks. Jackelyn has already taken family pictures for my son and his family as well as our daughter, Debi, and those pictures came out beautiful.

My Mother’s Day gift was wonderful. Truth be told, I kind of dreaded it as I felt it was going to be too hectic. Our daughters selected the colors and everyone was color coordinated for the event. Clothing was bought for many and everyone looked great. Hair was groomed and bows put in place. What I thought would be a nightmare turned out to be such a wonderful evening and Jackelyn made sure that we had fun. We all went to dinner and ended the evening as families should be….together.

If you’d like to take a glimpse of our crazy family, I’m sure a few of the photos will end up on Jackelyn’s website within a week or two at

Yes, this gang of seventeen spilled out of their vehicles onto the beach and with encouragement, they all said “cheese” and had a wonderful evening. Memory cheese….the best kind ever.

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Doris has been inviting readers to, "Walk in My Shoes," for several years. She shares with us her unique, "local" opinion, while raising a few eyebrows along the way. Walk with Doris and enjoy her love of the neighborhoods, events, community groups, and most of all, the people of South Dade.

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