Stories in Seven: March

March 06, 2015  •  2 Comments

Welcome back to the ‘Stories in Seven’ series! This is a continuing blog circle wherein a collective of storytelling photographers share seven storytelling images on the seventh of the month.

I have a habit of keeping my camera on hand within our home (much to the delight of my children and the shaking head of my husband! It IS a risk….). This month, the story happened so naturally, so…normally…that I was again thankful that my gear was in reach. This images were not  posed or planned. The story is not necessarily pretty. But together, they reveal a glimpse of why I value a photojournalistic approach to living, art, and (in this case) education.

The Lesson Begins

We are a newly homeschooling family. For us, educating at home certainly has not been the easy path, but it has entirely been the best path for this particular child. He is bright and wild and intense and intelligent. And, while he may not believe it, he has a way with numbers.

When you run out of fingers....

It is a joy to bear witness to the journey of his mind. To participate and guide and support. To be there for the firsts and to glimpse his own stirring story. 

But some days, blending the necessities of education with the deep currents of personality can prove difficult. 
Some days, the joy of the journey involves addressing mazes in the mind and invitations towards character.

"I CAN'T! I WON'T!"

There are days, this morning of story in particular, that stir expressions of emotion and choice beyond what some mamas walk through in a math lesson.
There are days, this morning of story in particular, where you remember to breathe in, breathe out, and see it as one more chapter in an exceptionally unique work.
There are days, this morning of story in particular, which invite me to step back and consider and then step forward and embrace. 

"I TOLD you I WON'T!" And on those days, we cry.
And then we pick up the pieces.
And we finish our Good Work.

Because together,
we are learning that it's not about knowing all the answers.
It's about the joy in the journey.
It's about being present in the questions. 
It's about showing up with open eyes and open hearts.

It's about pursuing an Education.

{Thank you for joining me! Now be sure to head over to Through My Lens with Jenny Wilkerson to continue this beautiful circle of stories!}
 


Comments

Hannah Nielsen(non-registered)
I love that second shot of his work and his little fingers! So sweet! Love your black and white conversions too!
Jenny Wilkerson(non-registered)
Love how you captured the emotions here, I can feel like I'm right there watching! Capture perfectly
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