Having fun. Playing with the unexpected.
I suspect that many of you will be a little taken
aback, or surprised, as you open up this issue of
Picture to Ponder and see the photo of my feet in
Sam's lap as he rests a notebook on my legs while
writing. This was one of those totally unplanned actions
and photos. I was interviewing Sam for my Artist-of-the-Month
column in our community newsletter and writing with
my feet resting in his lap.
if you are curious about the article)
As many of you know Sam, my husband (for new subscribers),
has been afflicted with Parkinson's Disease. The most
challenging consequence from which he suffers is his
oftentimes inability to verbalize his thoughts, much
of the time struggling to get his words out. I generally
get even more frustrated than he and will say, "Forget
it!" In this case I needed the information, so
I suggested he write it down. My legs became the "perfect"
table, since my feet were already in his lap.
We peacefully sat, each doing our own writing, when
I glanced up and was suddenly "taken with the
scene." I naturally went for the camera and we
were fortunately able to recreate the positions and
carry on naturally as I started photographing.
Sam's spontaneous humor kicked in when we looked at
the photos later. His first comment on seeing this
one was, "I always wanted to be a podiatrist!"
(not so, simply joking) What might have ordinarily
been a very agitating time turned into one of peace
and pleasure, one that will continue to bring smiles
whenever I revisit the photographs.
Where in your life can you look at things from a totally
different point of view? Where can you bring play
into them? And, is your camera handy, as well as your
pen and paper?
READER COMMENTS ON THE LAST ISSUE - Issue
Speaking of humor - Mary Gray's comment on yesterday's
little blue heron, "He looks like a little
wise guy, maybe a stand-up comic even though he is
facing away. (Maybe he's trying to decide whether
or not to take another bow.)" Debra Schanilec
Noelle Randall wrote, speaking
to PICTURE TO PONDER in general:
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in her beauty, especially when a talented person
is able to capture the beauty on camera."
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