Weekly Photo Challenge (Family)

Weekly Photo Challenge (Family)

A warm hearth is one of the most ancient symbols of home, family, belonging.

I took this photo yesterday after my adult son said, look!

The fire looks as if it has escaped its bounds and is consuming the logs piled up beside the stove.

Look! Isn’t that the first expression of command possessed by a human being? The small child orders the adults around him or her to see through his or her eyes. Maybe because “look” might easily be “look out!”

A fire provides a good focus for shared reflection at any age.

Family introduces us to safe boundaries. Through careful reflection it also alerts us to the danger of boundaries crossed, ignored, or abused.

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3 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge (Family)

  1. “Family introduces us to safe boundaries. Through careful reflection it also alerts us to the danger of boundaries crossed, ignored, or abused.”
    Wow

  2. On re-visiting this post:
    “Pas auf!” came to mind. And then also, the fact that I still, for unknown reasons, store a small German-to-English dictionary in my car, in the center console alongside the empty cd cases and a tube of chapstick (which is only ever applied before or after a long trail run on a hot or windy day). Perhaps this tiny yellow book will come in handy should I ever pick up a hitchhiking German soothsayer on the side of a highway on the endless road trip that is my existential crisis.

  3. So expressive, isn’t it, German? A German cannot help but say sooth, it seems sometimes, with those substantial verbal building blocks. A good language to take on the road, though not to take lightly.
    Your expression, Pas auf! reminds me of a forceful but more courteous phrase that you hear every time the doors are about to close on the Berlin U-Bahn.
    Züruck bleiben, bitte.

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