Thursday, January 22, 2009

The kid

Taken at the same Fall Fest parade as "The Colonel" last October. Before the parade, people milled about in the street, chatted with friends, staked out their places and generally bided their time until the parade began. I milled about taking pictures.

Over the crowd noise, I heard a man giving instructions to a young child about 20 yards down the street. The boy was not paying much attention to his father's repeated requests to stay close to the rest of the family. The reason being that the lad had become intrigued with the yellow line that ran down the length of the street and seemed intent on walking along the stripe.

He started walking down the line toward me, still ignoring his dad's requests to come back. He looked down the entire time, concentrating so hard that he blocked out the people around him. I knelt down on the line and kept focus on him as he approached. He was right on top of me when he stopped and looked up, tongue still sticking out from his concentrated efforts.

After the click, the boy scurried back to his dad, who had watched the entire scene unfold and laughed at the lesson delivered by "the guy who took your picture."

Click on picture to enlarge. Photograph © 2008 James Jordan.


Wanda said...

What's with this.... I notice several children sticking the tongue out when concentrating.

I better look in the mirror next time I'm concentrating.....

Cute kid!

Laurie said...

Cute photo and love the story to go with it.