It’s Sunday morning and I’ve had a good start to the day – I’ve read the paper, caught up on news, and finished watching CBS Sunday Morning’s weekly broadcast. I am full of ideas for the day, and the coming week – which usually stares me down at this time in the weekend. Tomorrow is martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday holiday and I have an extra day to prepare for the coming week. Friday was a planned teacher workday – school without kids and NO MEETINGS and I spent several hours yesterday working on school work.
I took these photos last week at a Forest Preserve I pass on my way to and from school. A narrow shallow rock-bottomed river runs beside the road and the cold weather has iced over much of it, except for the space where it trickles over a natural dam and opens up before running downstream. I visited the preserve last weekend. The sun was shining and the world was full of shadows. I found tracks in the fresh snow which I could only see because of the shadows and I startled a Canadian goose. I took my shots, captured the shadows and retreated home to where it was warm.
It’s been cold here – we have had two days of no school due to the frigid temperatures, and even more frightful wind chills, the week before last. We were out of school Wednesday and Thursday and I spent the two days planning and watching in horror the events in Paris unfold. I first saw learned of the story through a Facebook post, then switched to CNN. It seems the entire world lies in worry of what awaits in the shadows, of those who are shadowed. Yet, the real power is in the power of the voice, the power of the pen, the power of people to stand up for what is right.
— Lucille Clerc (@LucilleClerc) January 7, 2015
When Friday morning came and we returned to school, I spent several minutes in my social class talking about the power of freedom and how it is frightening for some. Freedom and liberty shall overcome, always. I shared several political cartoons with the class explaining how humor and symbolism combine in art to tell a story, none was more powerful than the one above.
I hemmed and hawed about this post so much so, that it almost died and didn’t get posted. In light of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday observation tomorrow it is important that I post, even if it is a week late.
Over a week has passed since that horrible day in Paris. I am afraid the folks in shadows are still lurking waiting to strike against freedom and liberty, but freedom shall prevail – it is a far more powerful idea, than fear.
So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. Franklin Delano Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address March 4, 1933
I have been busy at school, I am half way finished with my school year. The year has had its ups and downs, but every day has counted, and there is more to come. Today is gonna be a great day, it’s warmed up enough outside for the snow to begin to melt in the yard and the icy walkways and driveway are clear. SO, I had better jump up, jump in and seize the day. Making the Days Count, one day at a time, one step for freedom and liberty, always moving forward.
Je suis Charlie.
Today’s post is in response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge prompt on Word Press. For this week’s Photo Challenge, find the shadows. You can choose a literal interpretation and shoot an actual shadow, or you can play with the light and dark, and create a moody scene, or capture your subject in a rich and interesting way.