Does Po need sunblock?
Port Stanley, ON, September 2008 [Click to embiggen]
About this photo: Our latest Thematic Photographic theme, closeup, continues with this up-close-and-personal view of Po the Teletubby lounging on the beach. Please click here if you'd like to dive into this week's photo theme. Don't forget to also drop in on this week's Caption This. Click here for more fun than most octagenarians can likely handle.I've never been one for mind-altering drugs, so I hardly know what an acid trip might feel like. But had I ever been so inclined, I imagine that watching the Teletubbies approximates what your brain might feel like after taking a couple of hits of LSD.
So despite my disdain of these whacked-out children's characters, I have a bit of a soft spot for Po. She's the smallest of the quartet - something I relate to given my being my parents' youngest - and she's the troublemaker of the group (again, something I totally get.) More importantly, she's the only one I have in miniature, bag-mountable form. So ever since our eldest son was a baby, she's been clipped to the outside of my camera bag or backpack. She goes everywhere I go, and like a travel gnome, I often take pictures of her in weird and wonderful places (see here, here and here.)
Complete strangers often smile at me when they see her, too. She's an instant icebreaker whose role as stand-in model in distant airports has started more conversations than I can remember. Even when I'm far away, I look at her and can't help but smile at how it connects me to the important folks back home.
Your turn: What do you do to make complete strangers spontaneously smile?