January 20, 2014

Dragonflicicle

January 20, 2014 Photo (020/365): "Dragonflicicle"

"Children see magic 
because they look for it."
~ Christopher Moore



Yesterday, we celebrated my mom's 76th birthday with brunch at the Silver Spring Country Club. My nephews love Grandma, but not even a chocolate fountain is enough to keep them busy for over two hours. While the adults chatted, sipping champagne and coffee, I suggested that the boys go for a walk to help Auntie take pictures for her blog. It was so much fun to witness their excitement when Chase spotted the tiny icicles on this shrub and Alec pointed out that one looked like a dragonfly! The boys have an amazing ability to use their imaginations to see things that are less than obvious. 

Unfortunately, this remarkable talent is often lost when children grow up. Le Petit Prince teaches us that "all grown-ups were once children...but only a few of them remember it." He laments the fact that “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.” By taking photos each day and writing about the ideas that these images evoke, I hope to regain some capacity for childlike wonder and imagination.