What I see is my niece heading out with her fishing tackle in tow. What I think is I like catching fish more than I like fishing.
If people concentrated on the
really important things in life,
there’d be a shortage of fishing poles.
– Doug Larson
What I see is my niece holding on to her cat. What I remember is that cat did not want to be held on to! What I know is I do the same thing all too often – hold on tight to things that want to be let go. And sometimes I don’t hold tight enough to the things I should. But it’s a brand new year, and a good time to evaluate what I hold dear, what I need to put more time and energy into, and what I need to just let go.
Cheers to a new year
and another chance
for us to get it right.
– Oprah Winfrey
What I see is my niece looking at her dad and her sister. What I know is she was perfectly content to keep playing where she was in the shallows. But this picture fills me with a sense of longing, as though she is looking at them and wishing that’s where she was too. What I think is how often I am filled with conflicting desires. I want to live on my own terms and do exactly what makes me happy in the moment. But when I look around and see what other people are doing, I also want to be with them; I don’t want to be left behind.
If neurotic is wanting
two mutually exclusive things
at one and the same time,
then I’m neurotic as hell.
~ Sylvia Plath
What I see is Amanda, standing between the two doors at her house. On May 5th. What I think is she picks out her own clothes.
I asked her to do this,
just so I could take a picture of it.
Does that make me a bad aunt,
a bigger kid than she is,
or just creative?
(By the way, that’s a rhetorical question.)
What I see is my niece and my dad. What I think is I should have used the flash. What I feel is it doesn’t even matter.
It’s not the quality of the photo
that draws me in;
what I so cherish
is the moment that it captured.