Spying on the world,
Once again I was out in the woods with my camera when the bright splash of orange caught my eye. Such humble little photographic subjects, but that silly little mushroom just made me smile. I knew that I wanted to include this photo on my blog, but I have been very distracted these past couple of weeks by some issues with my daughter, and was not able to work on this entry until now. Having a daughter in middle school is both a wonderful yet frustrating time as they try to figure out so many things. Their world seems to have expanded by leaps and bounds, and they find themselves trying to figure out who they are and how they fit into this new space. More responsibilities, more distractions, and more learning about how some people play nice and other people do not. That is what this photo symbolizes to me…a basically confident young person (only the essentially confident would wear orange!), peeking out of the drab and overwhelming leaf litter of middle school. With luck, all the ugliness of middle school will eventually be reduced to detritus, and they will grow and stand proudly above it all.