My seven year old daughter, Hadassah, has caught basketball fever. The photos are her first score playing on the “real basket”, as Hadassah calls it. This does not mean Hadassah is evolving away from the other fevers of gymnastics, writing, painting, and horses. Organically, it does not occur to children that they can’t do it all.
While coaching Hadassah today, I would occasionally stand back (with camera) and just watch her effort and enthusiasm….that desire to have firsthand sensations of accomplishment. Children aren’t programmed to accept limitations. That mindset develops through the influence of adults. The path of the child is not to replicate the negative adult tendencies, but to transcend those attitudes. As adults, our work is to maintain the holistic environment that allows the children to thrive. Each child is her or his own person. They are only “ours” in a limited context.
Categories: Photography and Art