Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Dahlia by the water's edge
Watching the tide roll in
Deerfield Beach, Florida, December 2007
I spend a lot of my time watching my kids. From the way they bounce out of the car every morning and greet their friends in the school yard to listening to them speak to their grandparents on the phone, I enjoy seeing them go through their daily paces as they gradually figure out how to navigate the world around them. They won't be kids forever, after all, so either I take the time now or risk losing that opportunity forever.
So when we went to the beach and our daughter paused for some quiet observation time, I hung back and watched her take in the scene. I know how I feel when I stand next to a large body of water: I feel small; I wonder what and who is out there; I think about what it might be like to venture away from the safety of the shore. As I took this shot, I wondered if she was having similar thoughts.
Now I have a whole new bunch of questions to discuss with her. Neat.
Your turn: Watching the next generation grow up. Please discuss.