Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happiness is Free

Just ask two cousins playing tag in the park.

I stumbled across this photo when I was looking through my files from last summer. Here is an image of my daughter and nephew as they ran circles around each other in the little grassy area beneath Mission Station. We had just come from Busters Ice Cream. If I remember correctly, we each chose double scoops even though it was close to dinnertime.

The news makers and newscasters continue to clamor on and on in dour tones about the Great Recession but what they might want to do is talk to kids. After all, kids know what the word recess is supposed to be about.

11 comments:

Yakpate said...

What a great capture... the expression of delight on your nephew's face is priceless!

But... who is that tall eight-year old girl with the long legs?

Dixie Jane said...

How sweet it is! Grandchildren doing what they do best, regardless of the Great Recession. Play!

Judy Williams said...

Oh I remember that!! You, Jon and I were smiling non-stop. :)

What I love about the photo is not only the hint of motion blur, but the linear quality. We have verticals, horizontals and of course, my fav- a diagonal. It's an invisible one that connects them not only in this shot, but on a much more symbolic level.
THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE

altadenahiker said...

I love it! Especially on this rainy day. And you're right, this recession has provided a bit of an intermission for some of us. A time to try new things.

pasadenapio said...

Love this photo! I'd sure like to see more kids running free instead of being tied to their computers playing video games! Maybe this will rub off on a few.

TheChieftess said...

Love the concept of recess vs. the great recession!!!

Looks like a fun time was had by all!!!

Laurie said...

Hey guys,

Thanks for commenting on a personal shot. I just love those two darlings and this pic really captured a fun moment together with them. Little Bit absolutely ADORES her older cousin. Luckily, he humors her!

Yak, I know... my gazelle child. She's a full 5 inches taller than average for a 4 year old girl.

Jude, thanks for noticing the angles. That was what made me love this shot for reasons other than sentimental value! I got lucky.

Hiker, that's such an interesting perspective. I think it is always good to look at supposed bad luck as more of a detour on the road than a destination in itself. Who knows what you can find along a different route?

Pasadenapio, here here! Although, wait a minute I'm tied to my computer an awful lot... hmmmm....

Thanks for sharing, folks. Until tomorrow!

TheChieftess said...

Little Bit is 5 inches taller than her age mates???!!! I think that's an even taller ratio than my granddaughter was at her age...and she's a big un!!!

Laurie said...

Chieftess, yes she's my long string bean! She's been off the chart for height since she was born.

TheChieftess said...

Our Kasey girl has always been a head taller than her classmates...but she's also a big girl, not a string bean like Little Bit...the doctor told my step-son and daughter-in-law that she'll most likely be over 6 feet tall when she's grown...she comes from a long line of height starting with great gandpa who was 6'6" ....having always been at the back of the line with one other girl while growing up, I empathize with them both in their growth spurts and eventual circle of available boys!!!

Laurie said...

I was in the back row for every school picture, too! I've always loved being tall, though. Even though I towered over boys all through elementary school and junior high. In high school I still towered over them becasue I loved to wear heels. I'm sure this says something about me... hmmm.... :-)