Saturday, August 14, 2010

...august break-day fourteen...

however, a sensitive reader--
and all children are sensitive readers--
notices that the little rabbit begins
to show signs of being real from
the moment that he learns
that such a thing is possible.
the essence of what is real--
kindness, empathy and individuality--
is already inside the rabbit.
it was born in him.
but the pressure of living among
toys who value only mechanical perfection
and the most modern ideas--
the way people prize technology
and follow momentary fads--
made him insecure.
it would take some time for him
to feel secure and completely comfortable
just being himself.
but the process was helped by the love he received
as he allowed himself to be ever more honest
about who he really was
on the inside.
~the velveteen principles
toni raiten-d'antonia
i love this book. be ever more honest
about who he really
you know it's there...
who or what
is stopping you
from believing
light + objects = shadows
for more shadows
than you thought possible.
happy birthday grandma byers...
you are loved beyond this life...for always.
just BE.


Sweet Repose said...

Happy Birthday Gram...I too never forget my Granny's birthday, April 10th...

I found a cocoon nestled inside the drying head of a Queen Ann's lace wonderful to feel such safety in a simple lil' abode...I'm all about it, how 'bout you...thanks for the coffee!!!


Tom Hilton said...

These are really lovely. I really like the texture of the wood and the contrast between the natural leaf shadow patterns and the rectilinear boards...which have their own internal natural patterns.

Ralph said...

The Velveteen Rabbit was real after all! He insisted he was, and the 'real' rabbits didn't believe him. They were wrong, belief in one's being and purpose matters...I love the velvety flower, it looks so much like a starfish in the garden. Beauty is all around, and you have so nicely captured it!

angie said...

the shadows of leaves on wood always fascinates me.

Cassie said...

Like these very artsy shots! Happy SSS to you! The Velveteen Rabbit was always brought out at Christmas time when our daughter was a child...a good premise.

Sylvia K said...

Such lovely shadow shots, Robin! And I, too, love the texture of the wood and leaves! Beautiful! And beautiful words to match! Enjoy your weekend!


Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hi dear R,
Been awhile not hearing from me, though am always here peeping you from far away.

Hope to catch up more with you this coming days.

Take care & have a great week-end.

Anonymous said...

Lovely shadow shots!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

pod of the milkweed,
pregnant with ripening seeds—
one day the birthing

anka said...

Lovely garden shots, I love also the little story.
Have a great Sunday!

Paula Scott said...

Wow. You always have such wonderful, deep things to ponder and appreciate. now I feel like I need to re-examine the Velveteen Rabbit! excellent!

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Great shadow shots as always. And I love your words..

Hey Harriet said...

I've heard of that book but have never read it. I'm wanting to now after reading what you've shared here. Your posts are always so magical and inspiring Robin. Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)

Greyscale Territory said...

Very beautiful soft shadows! They seem to reflect the whimsical feelings in the poem about the rabbit! A gorgeous post!