Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas through a child's eyes again

"A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength."- Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

It's getting harder to get the wee one to stop and pose for a shot in her "secret garden." The Booboo has to be more creative, like asking her to look for the crocodile on Grumpa's shirt.

It's nice to catch her bathed in that morning light that gives Baguio miles and miles of cloudless blue skies on December mornings.

I think the trick is to keep the camera handy while at the same time not intruding into her space too much and remembering to also look around for other subjects.

One subject is this present from several Christmases ago. Our family calls it "Aurora's Angel" after Aurora Tamayo Bautista, the cheerful giver. It is to her that we send our thoughts this blessed season.

Photos by Babeth Lolarga

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