Monday, August 27, 2007

Holding on

We had a short downpour yesterday which wasn't enough to put a dent in the drought but I was able to watch the parched plants drink up each and every droplet. When they were full, they appeared to be hanging on tightly to the water providing me with some photo opportunities.Much as the berries were holding on to the water as if they feared it wouldn't come again, I was rushing out to photograph them. It has been so dry with only sporadic brief showers that every time I learn something while playing with photography immediately after the rain, it almost feels like the last chance. I know it will rain again but it's hard to believe when the earth gets parched to the point of cracking.The moth was holding on so tight to the screen that I wasn't sure it was alive until hours later when it moved slightly and eventually went on its way. There are so many situations where we have to hold on until its time to let go. As a parent, I have had to let go many times in good ways.Holding on until it's time to let go may be the hardest lesson life teaches us up until the final parting. The trick is knowing when its time because sometimes life is predictable and fair and sometimes it's anything but fair. I'm finally reaching an age where I understand some of what my mother tried to tell me when I was so angry about the injustices in life. I don't have any great answers, merely understanding, so I guess I will stop there.


Anonymous said...

Well, my friend. I am of the opinion that fair has to do with stuff that can be, business, the way we treat each other. Fair has nothing to do with life. If fairness had anything to do with life, think of the things that would not happen. At least that is the way I have begun to understand it.
Life is sad sometimes. But I am lucky to have had way more happy times than sad. I have had a much better life than I probably deserve...that's why I really think that fairness has nothing to do with life.
Honestly, that is how I see it.
We are so pensive, aren't we?
But letting go at the right time is the most uplifting thing you can do, especially with a child. It sets off their future and congratulates you for a job well done.
Okay, my brain is hurting a little bit. Thanks for getting it going this morning!
Love, K.

Linus said, "Maybe we should think only about today." Charlie Brown disagreed, "No, that's giving up. I'm still hoping yesterday will get better."
-Charles Shultz

Carver said...

Hi Kim,

You are so good at getting to the heart of the matter and I agree with you. You put it so well.

Then to end with that quote. Wow. I don't remember that one and it's perfect. I fear in this regard I tend to be like Charlie Brown. Now whenever I start agonize about past history I can think of Charlie Brown and laugh. Thanks a bunch. Love, C

Anonymous said...

I love the photograph of the raindrop leaving the berry.
Sara from farmingfriends

Carver said...

Thanks Sara. I was happy that rain drop held on long enough for the photo op. I appreciate you stopping by.