|The waiting is the hardest part|
I've had this particular Po figurine since our eldest son was a toddler. She's a Happy Meal toy that like so many other Happy Meal toys ended up stuck behind the sofa amid a cloud of dust bunnies and forgotten socks. Once it was clear that our little guy no longer wanted her, I rescued her from her furniture-ish purgatory, and she's been hanging from my camera bag ever since.
Over the years, she's been everywhere with me. I still shoot her in airports, and she still makes strangers smile - which in this day and age seems more important that ever. Yes, she's tattered at the edges and her red has faded a bit. But for a tiny toy that was absent-mindedly tossed into the fast food bag alongside a box of mid-sized McNuggets, she's had an outsized influence on more lives than we could have ever imagined.
Isn't it strange how things become icons to us?
* Here's a quick peek at all the places she's been:
- In a glass at Pearson International Airport
- By the baggage carousel in Detroit
- In our hatch along the 401
- Poolside in Florida
- In an IHOP restaurant
- Hanging from a grocery store shelf
- In a studio with my late father