Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Live, Laugh, Love...the child in us is eternal
After viewing some images of childhood recently, I recall feeling joyful and free as a youngster. Several of the photos really stood out--I loved the one of the mom laying on the bed with her infant--reminds me of when my son was a baby 10 years ago, and one of the most precious experiences of life. I loved the one of the baby getting ready to crawl--he looked so proud to be at this important developmental stage! It reminds me of the photos I have of my son rolling over for the very first time and recalling how happy he was (of course, I was estatic!). I really liked the youngster smiling like a cheshire cat--I recall how I was mischievous as a kid--this is where I laughed. It was neat seeing all the children holding hands--a reminder of how humanity is really all one, and how we need others. I thought it was cool how some of the last few photos showed adults laughing and having a good time together. The message in this is to never loose the child like spirit--it can remain forever and make the whole of our lives joyful. From an artistic perspective, children are born free to create, as shown by the children with their faces painted. It brings children joy to be creative, and it is definitely a natural instinct to do this. It is necessary for true pure joy.