Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Expect Happiness



I know, another photograph of a random child from my day at the zoo ... I promise, I'm not going to start shoving pictures of babies and kittens at you (oops, I HAVE done the kitten shots, haven't I? Can rainbows be far behind?)

As I've been working through the pictures I took at the zoo last week, I keep stopping at this one. We were at an exhibit where owls, hawks, and other big birds one doesn't usually get to see up close were on display, and I was happily photographing birds. As I turned, I saw this sweetheart posing for her big brother, and she sat waiting and smiling while he fiddled with his camera. I simply couldn't resist photographing that lovely expression.

What stuns me in this picture is this girl's happy expectancy. You can tell that she's looking at someone she loves, can't you? She looks so open, and eager, and yet totally relaxed.

So she's my poster for another resolution for the year: remember to expect happiness. Look forward with a smile, not with fear or worry. When we expect happiness, we will find it.

7 comments:

Barbara Strobel Lardon said...

Looking at these children just makes me feel good. I would never get tired of them. Your resolution is perfect and I am posting it on my frig as my motto this month. :)pectib

imquilternity said...

What a lovely thought! She is a beautiful child.

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Helen Conway said...

Re Anonymous comment - Since when did it become a necessity to get someones permission to post a photo your own copyright to I wonder?!

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Diane said...

Yep, that's why I disabled anonymous commenting some time ago. I thought I'd give it a try -- but inevitably the anonymous commenters don't just make a point, or disagree, or raise a thought-provoking question...they do it in an insulting and nasty way. So, back to the NO ANONYMOUS comments allowed.

Feel free to disagree with me, or question me, or criticize me... but if you must, then do it openly and publicly.

alliec said...

Diane,
Thank you for the spirit in which you presented the images of the children on your blog posts about expectations and spontaneity.
As I gazed at the images I began to think about how cute and innocent they were. I then had to question how would I react if I saw pictures of my own dear children posted on a website or blog without my permission.
I pose that same question to you and others.
Thank You for allowing to speak.
Allie