Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Thematic Photographic 71 - Open

Talk to the hand
London, ON, August 2009
Quick note: Before I begin, I'd like to share my deepest thanks to Mojo for stepping in and running Thematic Photographic at a time when I was patently unable to do much of anything from my end. I'm still not sure I'm anywhere near capable (see here if you don't know what I'm talking about, and here for the full run of entries), but his wise counsel throughout the last three weeks has helped me realize that now is as proper a time as any to dip my toes back in the waters and see what happens. Friends like him are rare indeed.
This week's theme, open, comes to us courtesy of Mojo. It's a great theme for me to return to, as it represents what lies ahead, what's possible, what awaits us and how we intend to make it ours. It's a lovely little metaphor for life, and I think it'll be good for the soul - mine and, hopefully, yours - to explore it and ponder the bigger meaning.

Our youngest son, Noah, contributed the appropriate body parts for this particular photo. He was having some alone time with me and my wife, as his brother and sister were in Montreal for their summer adventure with my in-laws. At that moment, everything was possible as we sat at our table in a neighborhood restaurant and bantered with him. No one knew how close we were to such profound change - definitely a "before" day.

Yet as I look at this photo of my son's hand with the full benefit of hindsight, I feel it represents a future for him that he simply needs to reach out and grab. He's that kind of kid, and if anything can change my world view and snap me back into something resembling a functional life, it'll look - and feel - something like this.

Your turn: Please share an open-themed photo on your blog, then post a link in a comment here. Repeat as often as you wish: This is supposed to be fun, and G-d knows we all need it. For more details on how TP works, please click here.


Mojo said...

Carmi, it has been a rare privilege (to try) keeping TP afloat, but nobody can drive this bus like you can. I think a lot of folks may not realize what goes into a meme like Thematic. It's been an interesting perspective I've gotten the last couple of weeks.

So let me be the first to welcome you back to the wheelhouse cap'n. And of course I've got a suitable photo.
Thematic Photographic 71: "Open" v.1.0 - Old School

(And I promise to stop mixing my metaphors tomorrow.)

Jeremiah Andrews said...

Here is my contribution to OPEN.

A photo you took yourself some time ago of our young participant. It brings me joy, and I am sure when you see it again, it will bring you joy as well.


Rinkly Rimes said...

Mine is about OPENING Christmas gifts. Not quite the season , I know!

hapzydeco said...

The hometown diner opened 24/7.

Cloudia said...

You can't lose you, Carmi.
Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral said...

Its been a while and your journey has been... ? I have no words for that only love to you from the UK me and my family are thinking of you.

Here is Mine

Light and Voices said...

Here is my contribution for the theme Open:
Joyce M

Marie said...

Welcome back Carmi. Missed U.
Hugs, Marie in Sweden.

christina said...

Nice to Have you back!!

Glennis said...

So glad to see Thematic Photographic back!! Thank you Mojo!

And Carmi, I hope that you and your family are getting through this tough time all right. The deeper the bond, the harder it is to adjust.

My OPEN photo is up.

Nej said...

Welcome back.

My submission this week is a little bit of a stretch...but the week has been crazy, and I've been short on time. :-)

Mojo said...

See what I toldja? TP just isn't the same without you at the wheel. Just sayin'.

And of course I have a couple of additions for (yesterday and) today.

Those would be:
Thematic Photographic 71: "Open" v.2.0 - Open Air
Thematic Photographic 71: "Open" v.3.0 - Opening Eyes

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

Hello again
Mine is here

Nikki - Notes of Life said...

I haven't joined in for a while, but here's my contribution this week -

Take care :)

Glennis said...

This one was hard, but finally I have another Open photo. And it just came to me as a gift from someone.