Erica: I see my camera. I see your camera. You always print your pictures big. It ain't fair. I want mine big. Can you get me more cameras again for Christmas next year?
Amy: Sure, why do you want more cameras?
Erica: I like taking pictures.
Amy: What do you like to take pictures of?
Erica: My toys. Hannah Montana. My mom. My princess tent. You got that tent for me, and now it's broken.
Amy: Anything else you like to photograph?
Erica: I think that's it mommy... I mean Amy!
The front yard became a pumpkin patch after Erica planted a pumpkin seed the year before.
There is no danger here.
Amy: Do you remember this?
Erica: Yee es.
Amy: What do you remember?
Erica: (No response)
Amy: What do you see?
Erica: It's covered in ice.
Amy: What else?
Erica: I see ice on my window. I see a wall. I see the wood. And what is that, a handle?
Amy: To open or close the window.
Erica: I was closing my eyes. Or looking out the window. I see my hair, my face, and that's all.
Amy: Do you think you should be allowed to do that?
Amy: Why not?
Erica: (no response)
Amy: What's going on here?
Erica: We took a picture. I'm not going to talk anymore. That's all I wanna talk about.
Beagles smile for every picture.
Surrounded by stuffed friends.
Erica cuddling herself.
Watching cartoons and doing headstands.
A young squirrel lost his mother.
The rat who became a pet because Monte, the python snake, refused to eat him.
We wonder what she thinks.
Erica: What is that?
Amy: What do you think it is?
Erica: I see our TV.
Amy: What's on the TV?
Erica: A girl. I see my suitcase. I see a mailbox. I see a light. I see wallpaper with flowers. You can see the inside of our house.
Amy: What kind of house do you have?
Erica: It's happy.
Amy: How is it happy?
Erica: Because it's big.
Amy: What do you think about the girl on TV?
Amy: Why do you think she's happy?
Erica: It's a commercial.
Amy: What kind?
Erica: I don't know (shrugs shoulders). Look at her smile.
Crawling on the truck on mom's birthday.
Looking for things to do.
Playing basketball in the frontyard.
After Emmet Gowin.
The eviction papers.
When mom saw this picture she laughed and said, "Thank God it's a clean mattress."
Mom's 50th birthday cake.
Mom says her hugs last long after she lets go.
Amy: Tell me what you think.
Erica: I see my mom. I see my mom's car. I see my dad's truck. I see trees. I see you.
Amy: You've told me before that this is one of your favorites. Why do you like it?
Erica: I don't know. I can see you taking a picture of me.
Amy: Do you like it when I take pictures of you?
Erica: I don't know.
Amy: How does it make you feel?
Erica: That's all (shrugs shoulders). I'm done talking.
If Erica could swim every single day of the year, she would.
Mom thinks the Christmas lights look like something else.
Mom: Her eyes look closed, but they're not. Her eyes are closed. You look up really close and her eyes are open. Insomnia. She wants to sleep, but she can't. Or maybe, she sleeps with eyes open. Maybe in their subconscious mind, they're afraid. Of the dark. You look from a distance and her eyes look closed. But you look really close and they're open. But her eyes are closed. Look closer. You see two different images. And you see female and male; his side of the closet and mine.
Erica with her toys and a sliver of sunshine.
Erica's sticky wall art.
Mom: The sun is like a blanket. It keeps her warm.