Seaside Sobbing

An absolutely beautiful post! A thoughtful observation of a slice of life… one which I think we can all relate to, I know I certainly do.

This captured moment. A moment lived in the here and now (which is now a there and then), a moment to be lived over and over again thanks to our ability to take photographs of our memories, and our human need to hang onto the past and remind ourselves of it.

Do we capture moments because they’re the only way we can prove that happiness exists and is not just a fleeting figment of fantasy…

But what if one person’s captured moment of happiness is a captured moment of distress for another?

Such is life. Random chaos disguised as order… little rows of photographs in a photo album. Smiling faces… but are those smiles real or just cheese for the camera, for those who will see this moment, those who have lived it and those who have not.

Another gem from a blog full of gems amassed into a treasure chest.

Thank you for sharing!

The Nice Thing About Strangers

At the park, the family waits for their turn on a swing. The huge contraption has two benches that face each other so the family can all sit together–knees to knees –and sway back and forth.  Mom and daughter take the side facing the sea. Dad holds the toddler son. The son gapes from under a blue hat, horrified by the structure now caging his mother, and not in the mood to join her.
Dad climbs up anyway as the child screams and cries. Dad tucks the squirming boy in one arm and takes a picture of his wife and daughter with the other. Then he passes their camera. The child sobs on, facing his mother as she mops up his tears, but the father seems to think his son is only warming up to it the experience. Dad wants pictures with the coast in the background. The mother seems…

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  1. Thank you so much for your post about the story! This was so kind! It’s fun to see how someone else sees what I’ve seen. I’m glad this one grabbed your attention, and I’m honored that you passed it on.
    Thank you, Ursula–


    • You have a wonderful talent for observation and sharing your observations in magical vignettes. I love reading what you write, your blog and posts are a treasure trove. This post in particular really struck a chord, partly because of the swing. Thank you for sharing your talent!


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