Last week at LegoLand, my daughter asked for her face to be painted. We stood in line and watched as each little girl stepped off the bench after being transformed to a princess or flowery fairy. When it finally came to our turn, my little 5-year old said, “Can I be a skeleton please, Mommy?” My jaw moved to talk her out of it but I’ve learned to let her be her amazing controversial self. I envy her individualism- all she needs is to know that Mommy & Daddy think she’s beautiful no matter what. There’s incredible pressure to fit in and even as adults, I think people still “screen out” folks that are not like us in one way or another. I’m proud of my daughter. As she starts primary school this week, I will continue to support her in being herself no matter what. I learn from her every day and I feel blessed to have her in my life.
I shot this on Sunday afternoon near my home. I caught one glimpse of it and had to make a U-turn.
The scene represents a friendship left to die, passion allowed to wither and a life once energetic, ultimately not lived to its full potential…
Photo credit: Yekemi Otaru
Taken by Rorie Craigmyle
Photo Credit: Michael Otaru (Uncle Oye)