One of the things that has helped keep me sane (or at least slightly more sane) during our various stages of lockdown has been connecting with friends and family virtually. Two of these digital meetups take place weekly with fellow bloggers. In both cases, we take turns kicking off a guiding question for the week, e.g. ‘What is your kryptonite?’ The conversations easily flow from there.
In one of these recent calls, the guidelines were: ‘Share six favourite photographs, then write a haiku about one of them.’ I initially considered having Richard phone in and say that I was sick. Seriously! I had not written a haiku since elementary school. More importantly, how could I possibly whittle down my 10,139 computer photos…or my gazillion print photos (many of which have been chaotically shoved into shoeboxes)?!
Drawing a deep breath, I ignored the print photos and the shoeboxes. I then selected six digital photos to which I always seem to return. None of these pictures will win awards for photographic excellence. They also do not fully include all important events, or all important people, in my life. But they do give a good snapshot of who I am and what I value. Here are the six photos that I shared, plus my attempt at an overarching haiku.
Upon reflection, I realized that almost all photos that I selected had to do with new beginnings.
1) My parents beginning their new life together.
2) Richard’s and my start to our retirement.
3) Just before entering preschool.
4) Our first large family celebration after returning home (from 14 years away).
5) Creighton embracing post-graduate life.
6) This shot was taken in the last month of my official career life.
It is remarkable how our ‘quick selections’ are often much less random than we first realize. Here are a few more shots to give an updated view of our immediate family.
Photo Updates Slide Show:
1) Christmas 2018. Richard and me (√) My parents (√), All of our children (√), DILs (√), Granddog (√), Grandchildren (2/3). Still, important people are missing.
2) Zoom Family Christmas 2020. Pizza (or substitute) was arranged for this year’s virtual Christmas gathering. The big win was that all of our children, their partners and our grandchildren (plus our granddog) joined Richard and me for this celebration.
3) Weekly Zoom Cooking and Dinner Date: My niece and I have a weekly Zoom Cooking Dinner Date. It has been an awesome way to spend time together while distance and the pandemic have kept so many of us apart.
Do you have a favourite photo? If so, please tell us about it in the comments. Or share a link to it. Or, why not try writing a haiku about it? (Easy peasy: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables!)
My ‘Black and White’ song choice was released in April 2020. Yes, you read that correctly. That’s about 40 – 60 years later than my typical song selections. I have finally burst into the current musical decade. It may only be a quick visit, but I have enjoyed my time here.
To get you started, here is my version of the opening lyrics in haiku form. I’d love for you to play along. I need the inspiration!
black and white haiku
evening at your door
me fumbling…wanting, needing
warmth, breath, touch – your kiss
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