What I see is my giant shadow engulfing my little niece as she sits in the grass. What I hope is that I have enough goodness in me that my example will cast half as great a shadow on her life as that literal one. What I fear is I’m falling far, far short of even half.
You can preach
a better sermon
with your life
than with your lips.
– Oliver Goldsmith
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 Louis checking out a turtle that’s nearly as big as he is. What I think is some of us are less sociable than others.
Society is no comfort to one not sociable.
– William Shakespeare
What I see is a brilliant sky. What I remember is this is all that became of some ominous looking clouds. What I think is that sometimes we spend so much time preparing for the worst that we don’t take the time to enjoy what is actually in front of us.
If you spend your whole life
waiting for the storm,
you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.
– Morris West
What I see is a woman being photographed before her wedding. What I feel is happy and hopeful. What I think is that, for just a moment, I’ve borrowed something from her life.
We keep passing unseen
through little moments
of other people’s lives.
– Robert M. Pirsig
What I see is a fish and its reflection. What I think is if you look below the surface, you will find a treasure.
People say I make strange choices,
but they’re not strange for me.
My sickness is that I’m fascinated by human behavior,
by what’s underneath the surface,
by the worlds inside people.
– Johnny Depp
This picture made me think of my life right now. I’m trying to do all of these things, trying to grow and improve myself. Somehow I convince myself that I can grow in lots of different directions at once, and for a while it seems to work. But then I realize that even though they are growing from the same stem, the fruit is all different. They’re shaped different and colored different. They grow and ripen and shrivel and fall away at different rates. No matter how I try to make them grow together, to nurture them all at the same time, it just doesn’t work that way. I’ve crushed so much fruit beneath my feet on the way to understanding it’s okay to take it in turns. It’s okay to let one shrivel up and fall off because I’ve put my energies somewhere else. I have time to come back to it; another chance will grow in its place.
There’s a certain kind of beauty
in the chaos
of wildly growing fruits.
What I see is a turtle keeping cool. What I think is that summer is almost over!
is being your own self.
– Vanessa Hudgens
What I see is a pretty little flower on the other side of the garden wall. What I think is that sometimes it pays to be nosy.
In wisdom gathered over time
I have found that every experience
is a form of exploration.
– Ansel Adams
What I see is Louis peeking over the comforter to see what I’m up to. What I think is that he doesn’t let much get past his notice.
The things most people want to know about
are usually none of their business.
– George Bernard Shaw
I spent last weekend at the river and had the opportunity to photograph the crabs that my dad let go (guess what was for dinner?). What I see is the claw of a female crab, ready for action. What I immediately thought when I looked through the viewfinder was, “the teeth on that claw look just like my dog’s teeth”.
People are pretty much alike.
It’s only that our differences
are more susceptible to definition
than our similarities.
– Linda Ellerbee
My niece, who just turned a year old last month. What I see is Allison practically swallowed up in her sister’s dress up clothes. What I think is she’ll grow into them faster than I’d like.
Making the decision to have a child
It is to decide forever to have your heart
go walking around outside your body.
– Elizabeth Stone
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.