Monday, January 26, 2015

Thematic Photographic 323 - Childhood memories

He shoots, he scores!
London, ON
January 2015

Allow me to apologize for letting Thematic Photographic slip a bit. Life has been hoovering up any available free time - including the quiet time when I'd normally be sleeping. So the blog, and by extension Thematic, has been a relatively abandoned place of late.

But as I toyed with my smartphone earlier today, it dawned on me how much I miss the creative process, and how much I enjoy shooting and writing not because I have a deadline or a need to keep the lights on. But because I enjoy it. There's something to be said for creating something for no other reason than fulfilling a lifelong need. There's something to be said for following those little voices in your head that say, "Do it."

Because if you don't, that moment gets lost to history.

The moment you see above, thankfully, did not. Some very kind souls decided to install this table hockey game in the back corner of the television studio at CTV London. It'll never appear on-camera, of course, but from this angle, it's easy to see how close to the desk it is. I find it comforting having it back there.

See, virtually every Canadian kid grew up with a table hockey game in the house. In mine, the Montreal Canadiens always played the hated Toronto Maple Leafs. And it always ticked me off that my older brother got to control the Habs players (okay, they were flat pieces of wood and plastic, but still.)

Never mind that every game eventually devolved into a chaotic fit of arguing and name-calling. And never mind that the game inevitably ended up stashed under dad's side of the bed as punishment for tarnishing our national game.

And yet, in the darkened corner of this time-honored studio, a quiet memory continues to beat. And an echo of my childhood reaches forward and grabs on.

Your turn: Got a pic that evoked a childhood memory? Whether you're just shooting it now or already have it in your archives, leave a comment here letting folks know where to find it. Visit other Thematic participants to keep the fun going. Share additional pics through the week if you wish. Head here for more background on how Thematic Photographic works. And enjoy the moment. That's why we do this.


Gilly said...

Had a lovely time wallowing in nostalgia, and have come up with these!

21 Wits said...

Thank goodness. You know I've missed this! Great shot too. Here's mine

Anonymous said...

I still have my Lego;

fredamans said...

Awesome... had lots of fun on those tables myself. :-)

Bob Scotney said...

Just to show how bad my memory is, I forgot to add my link.

Muse & Views Bookclub said...

From sunny Florida, here is my contribution to

Childhood Memories

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I have some

Poster Memories

Unknown said...

Missed thematic photography!!! Glad ur back. Here is mine!!!

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