Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Tall And Short Of It

A walk though the forest.... daddy and daughter. Norfolk Botanical Garden. Posted by Picasa

“Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.”
Joseph Addison (English Essayist, Poet, Dramatist and Statesman, 1672-1719)
Caught on a hot summer day... a very tall dad and his tiny, but very independent daughter on a stroll under the big pine trees at the botanical garden. She toddles, he stays close but tries not to hover. She is learning to walk on her own and seems quite pleased with herself. He is proud, protective, watchful.... ready to swoop her up at a moments notice but trying to seem nonchalant about it, especially when she glances up at him.

She is precious in her flowered sundress and tiny shoes. She doesn't have to hold his hand to feel secure, she just has to know her daddy is there. Besides, she wants to show him what a big girl she is, so she shows off her best marching gait. They are off to see the brightly colored play houses with swinging horses, slides, tea sets and toy chairs to play with. Daddy will keep her safe and push the swing.

They are the quintessential "odd couple" and yet perfectly wonderful together. I hope she will remember this day when she grows up.... or that her mom has a camera too and caught this moment.

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Carmi's Theme ~ "candid"


sandra said...

this photo reaches into my heart and touches it so gently. what a priceless memory if you could get it to them. this one could be framed and hung on anyones wall  because it tells a story and it would not matter if you knew them or not. LOVE IT

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A very very sweet picture....I have a lot of trouble reading the text because the font is so very tiny...These Old Eyes are having a hard time.  Sorry, my dear.

Ginny Hartzler said...

<span>Oh, gosh! You have taken an average picture and told a wonderul and amazing story! I like to think it is this way with us and God. You need to be a professional writer.</span>

kenju said...

It is really too bad that you can't give them the photo, which is a womderful moment in time.

Col said...

Love this photo.  It reminds me so much of my son and his daugther.  Love the quote as well.

kenju said...

I don't blame you for going out! I would too, if we could afford for all 16 of us to go.....lol

Also, hope that the contractor isn't jiving you and it WILL only take a week.

Carmi said...

1 picture. 1,000 words. This is one of those moment-type photos that every child deserves to carry into adulthood. Love this scene and the sentiment behind and around it.

I'd go the Kindle route. It's somewhat easier to live with day-to-day - kind of like how Apple's iPhone is a more defined, less variable solution than Google's Android, which is slightly more wide-open and subject to interpretation. For an 82-year-old with limited computer literacy, the Kindle is a more straightforward tool.

(Kinda reminds me why my computerphobe mother would be better off with an iPad than her current laptop. But that's a story for another day...)

Rambling Woods said...

So many memories....and I loved those little dresses....