I came upon this photo some months ago and was immediately struck by the composition and the expression of joy and gratitude on the boy's face. Unfortunately I don't know where I found it, and cannot give it proper credit.
But the image makes an impression and suggests deeper questions about needs, wants, and happiness. It puts into perspective our particularly self-driven society and how we have been teaching the younger generations about what's important in our lives.
There are, perhaps, many stories embedded in this image. And many lessons, as well.
UPDATE April 18, 2012: Almost as a postscript to this short commentary, I read the following article from Consumer Reports on "kid friendly" cars. Not that it isn't important, mind you, but still....
Here's an excerpt from the article that ties in with my thoughts on what we emphasize with our children:
Remember life in the back seat when you were a kid? There wasn’t much to do on long trips beyond counting Volkswagens or punching your sister in the arm. Nowadays, if your budget and propensity to spoil your kids allows, you can provide pint-size passengers with a virtual theater on wheels. But first, think about the basics that will be used every day. Stockburger advises that you look for cup holders in the backseat, especially those that can accommodate a juice box, and storage areas such as pockets in the seats, which can keep plenty of toys and books within easy reach while also keeping those items from becoming dangerous projectiles in the event of a crash. Such features, in part, are what sold Melissa Larrey and Tracy Bouton of Falmouth, Mass., on their 2010 Toyota Sienna. As the parents of 10-year-old and eight-year-old boys, they totally appreciate the Sienna’s “seemingly everywhere” cup holders. “It’s great that the kids can reach things and get to their own stuff,” Larrey said. “It makes such a difference.”
Cup holders. Lots of them. Teach your children well. And be proud!
the old neighborhood dilapidation on every doorstep offered no prayers for deliverance as stale air flowed across garden tombs of rooftops. a collective of burnished effort, of silent stillness is our ritual resurrection, with a tear for water - for blossom petals clinging to a stem.
This Magpie Tales prompt would have been perfect for my previous "serious" epigram post from yesterday. But as I was reading various "news" stories this evening, and wondering what I would write for Tess's prompt, I came across the following story.
Forgive me, all, for I know this is Easter weekend and such, but this story just had me giggling my butt off in my chair. And holding my legs tightly together. No doubt, there is a place reserved for me in hell, but yes, I'm still laughing! Isn't it horrible to be laughing at someone's misfortune? But still......
So here it is, my contribution of sorts to Magpie. The ex-girlfriend in the story below has certainly taken Easter egg hunting to a new and um, colorful level. Forgive me, Tess!!
By Taylor Bigler - The Daily Caller | The Daily Caller – Fri, Apr 6, 2012
Talk about a ball buster.
An Indiana man was rushed to the hospital Wednesday after his scrotum was the victim of a vicious attack by an ex-girlfriend, The Smoking Gun reports.
The victim told police that his former girlfriend, Christina Reber, stormed into his apartment as he was innocently sitting at his computer. Reber, who he had severed ties with a few days earlier, first struck him on the head and then grabbed his scrotum and began “squeezing as hard as she could.” Naturally, he told officers that he “was in incredible pain when [she] grabbed his scrotum and began digging in her fingers.”
The police report indicates that the scrotum area was “completely torn loose from his body.” Reber reportedly “refused to let go of his scrotum,” but that the victim was finally able to remove his balls from her vice-like grip.
As if the story isn’t already good enough, the victim, who has not been identified, was taken to BALL MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. As far as we know, the hospital is not only for scrotum-specific injuries.
In an interview two days after the incident, the man told police that after his ex was done breaking his balls, his family jewels are so swollen that he is unable to work, and he isn’t sure if there will be permanent damage.
Reber was charged with two felonies: aggravated battery and illegally entering the victim’s home. She was also charged with a misdemeanor domestic battery.
Rick Burnett Baker currently is self-employed as a narrative photographer, and is a member of the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA). Baker, a native Texan, is a graduate of State University of New York (Albany) with a BA in Asian Studies, (minor in classical Chinese literature), a Graduate Certificate in US Urban Policy, and a Masters (MRP) in Regional and Urban Planning, Third World. He has worked with a mining company in Honduras, with a civil engineering firm in Saudi Arabia, and traveled andworked throughout Southeast Asia, China, and Northern Africa with Halliburton for nearly a decade, based out of Singapore. During his years living in Singapore he was also known for his radio and television voice-over work. Baker returned to the US in 1985 to complete academic interests and continues to live in New York.