In touch with the child
Posted on 19 Dec ’11 by Earl
“I am often accused of being childish. I prefer to interpret that as child-like. I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things. I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish. I still listen to instinctual urges. I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind. I never water my garden without soaking myself. It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work.” ~ Leo F. Buscaglia
I’m sure Leo loves Christmas Lights as well. I know my inner child does.
I’ve taken and posted a number of photos from the historic homes neighborhood of the small town I live in. They’re beautiful old homes in well kept neighborhoods with very high maintenance cost I’m sure. More of them are for sale now then anytime in the last five years we’ve lived here. Still they provide some wonderful opportunities for photos if you’re into that sort of thing.
During the Christmas holiday season my wife and I like to pick a nice night and walk through these neighborhoods enjoying the decorations and lights. That nightly walk this year was this past weekend.
As I was walking and taking photos I was also thinking of what I prefer in decorations and lights…what makes them special and connects with the child in me.
I like decorations and lights when there seems to be a sense of design and purpose to them. When they have been arranged with care and not casually tossed about.
I like decorations and lights when they give a sense of warmth. You can keep those solid strings of neon blue, green and red lights. Mixed colored strings with green and red are okay if well thought out and used. Warm white lights are probably my favorite…something very classy and classic about them.
I like lights that stay on better then twinkling lights…although a few twinkling lights are okay.
Good tree decorations include glass ornaments. Wooden props such as benches, sleds or rocking horses along with brass lanterns or candle sticks along with greenery and holly berries are nice.
Often as children we look forward to growing up and doing adult things. Then when we get older we seek to find the child in us that is creative and likes to play.
There’s no hidden meaning to these photos. They were made to be “pretty” and no doubt they are cliché…but no apologies made, they touch my inner child.