Monday, July 16, 2007

Along the path

Some observations of children:

Kids don’t do things linearly. This guy took a wildly zigzagging route along the wide path, stopping to look at an interesting rock or a formation of plants here and there along the way.

For kids, the journey can be as much or more fun than the destination. Simply for the reason that oftentimes, they don’t have any idea what the destination holds. It doesn’t matter what’s ahead on the path. The path itself is cool enough.

Kids have all the time in the world. There’s no hurry, except to get someplace quickly, but that’s only to be able to spend more time when they get there.

And somewhere between the ages of four and forty-four, that gets stripped out of us. We’re taught to stay in the lines, set long-range goals with methodical strategies of attaining them and not waste time getting there.

I think it’s called progress.

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph copyright 2007 James Jordan.

3 comments:

V. Schroeder said...

Great and timely thoughts James. We are vacationing in the Sierras and yours is one of the only blogs I will look at during vacation. Today we took about a four mile hike through beautiful countryside. And we saw lots of kids doing just what you say. They really could care less what they were "supposed" to see, they were just having a good time. It's exactly what we should remember.

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JAM said...

Wonderful photograph. The boys face is perfectly captured, full of life. I love your work on this one, as well as your words.

Yes Sir, I think they do call it progress. Then we spend the rest of our lives trying to recapture some of the magic of youth. We're a strange bunch, us humans.