Leap Year Lesson #149: Never Confuse an Image With the Real Thing

Posted: June 3, 2012 in Perceptions
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One of yesterday’s posts was about pausing to catch your breath.  Today’s is still on the “breath” theme but a little different.  I want to ask you this question: “When was the last time you saw something so beautiful that it took your breath away?”  It might have been a scene from nature, some form of art, or the person of your dreams standing before you.

For me, it was seeing the picture shown here of my granddaughter Abby taken a few days ago.  It was taken by her maternal grandmother (Mimi) with Mimi’s cell phone and then slightly filtered via Instagram for some of the background coloring.  I can’t stop looking at the photo.  Of course, I’ve already made it my PC wallpaper on both my work and home PCs, and since I have two monitors connected to each PC, I get to see it in duplicate wherever I am.

I know all grandparents rightly believe their grandchildren are the cutest ones on the planet.  That is as it should be.  I am no different.  But you have to admit that this is one gorgeous picture.  And I love it that she’s in her little overalls.  I’ll have to wear mine, too, sometime so we can get our down-on-the-farm look on simultaneously.

As breathtaking as this photo is to me, it is no substitute for holding the real Abby in my arms.  Pictures can be engraved into your mind’s eye as memories for a lifetime, but being in the presence of the subject of the picture is preferred because that is real and present tense.  I love photos I’ve taken of the Grand Tetons, the Arctic Circle, Yosemite, Yellowstone, England, China, oceans, as well as at home and countless other places.  But photos are an image of the real thing and not to be regarded as highly as being with the subject itself.

So as I stare at this photo (as I know I will for a long while to come), I know that even in its beauty it does not compare to the real-life smiles, kisses and hugs of being with Abby.

Leap year lesson #149 is Never confuse an image with the real thing.

  1. So well expressed, Jeff! As I play on my computer while Abby is sleeping, I look forward to her waking up, smiling at me, hugging me, reading books and playing together. I really never knew it could be so good! Before Abby was born someone told me that being a grandparent is the only thing that doesn’t disappoint – Abby surely does not! She is an unbelievable joy! I now understand how other grandparent feel as well. I am happy that little click caught that one of her many sweet expressions.

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