Monday, September 13, 2010

It's A Small World - Nora

I look at these photos of Nora and it brings back memories of my own childhood.  Frankly - the last shot brings back memories of just this morning...  But that's another story.

When I was a kid we lived in this really scary house, across the street from a cemetery...  Obviously now as an adult - I'd call it a house full of wonderful character & charm.  And as it turns out - the cemetery is actually quite beautiful (rolling hills and all).  But back then (as a kid) I was certain it was a house filled with vampires in the basement, goblins behind every closet door, footsteps in the attic...and weird shadows in the garage (that looked like bats).  My sisters and I were convinced the entire house was haunted!  To make matters worse - our next door neighbor was this old, old, old, old, old man that only came out into daylight once a month.  His house was blood red and completely covered in vines and trees.  Of course I considered myself a spy (I still am - by the way) and I used to sneak onto his property to try and see what he was doing over there (eating little children for dinner perhaps...?)

I'm sure if I were to go back there today I'd have a completely different vision of that house - but back then my imagination would take me on tours of discovery beyond my wildest dreams!

Our backyard led into the woods - no fence, just woods!  Today I could think of 64 million reasons not to go into the deep, dark forest alone, but back then - nothing was going to stop me!  My childhood friend Amy and I would spend hours in those woods...  Running around, playing hide-n-seek, pretending we were lost and had to survive on nothing but onion grass.  Those were the days...

As I watched Nora (in her pink princess dress) scour her backyard looking for the perfect ingredients to make her soup - flower petals, water, dirt, leaves and grass...  I remembered how wonderful it is to be a kid.  That special blend of innocence and sincerity that often accompanies playtime.  Freedom! Free from pretense, free from conceit, free to be whoever you so desire to be.  Imagination at its best...!

I'm curious - where has your imagination taken you lately?












This is me every time I put on lip gloss!

9 comments:

  1. Great stuff, Karen!

    Matt

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  2. Love it Karen!!!!!!!
    Your trip photos are awesome too!!!!
    Ani

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  3. Really cute. And really nice work.

    Ron

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  4. She's so cute. Great work Karen! Yesterday I played tea time with my 5 year old. We had the best time.
    Keep up the posts. I've missed you.
    Melissa

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  5. Hey Karen,

    That old, old, old, old man was probably in his 50's at most.

    Saturday night I danced with my cousin to an old Beatles song and it certainly took me back in time, a "happy time" is what I call it now a days. I imagined being back in the projects in Brooklyn with my friends and all the silliness and craziness we would feel whenever we listened to The Beatles.

    Thanks for bringing back the good old days.

    Linda

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  6. Looking good kit kat!!!
    Alison

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  7. Hey KK
    Oh My Gosh. How beautiful is she! And of course you captured all of it. Love those brown eyes.
    Hey when you come up this week why don't you stop by the old man's house, and take a pic. of all those scary childhood horror's.
    Let me see, what have I imagined lately?
    Love Mommy

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  8. Oh my god Karen... Nora is gorgeous and you really captured her innocence and joy! The lip gloss shots are fabulous! As for my imagination... Riya helps me through her amazing stories and imagination and it's like reliving my childhood. Other than that, my need to be calm and spiritual always leads me to a world where I imagine that I am at one with my body and, the world around me! I would love to take each breath and capture the joy that it should bring me versus taking it for granted! You're amazing!

    Xo
    Smrithi

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