Mar 26, 2011

Reaching Out - Lessons from a Pre-Schooler

I am currently on the road photographing in California with my family. I was capturing the wildlife along the coastline on a stormy Sunday afternoon and turned about to take a look for the where abouts of my family when I noticed my son sitting on a park bench talking to a stranger. At first the older gentleman seemed to play like he was ignoring him and I wondered whether to intervene and draw my son away. Then I noticed the man turn and take more of an interest. Then it seemed a connection took place and the two of them really took off in a dialog about something (I couldn't quite hear over the commotion of the shore birds). There really was no need to interrupt they were doing just fine. An important reminder to me the importance in learning to how to strike up a conversation with a stranger. A skill that could lead you to new opportunities, new friends, knowledge, and generally a healthy feeling that the world is friendly, accepting, place. The older man's family was ready to go before we were but before he left he insisted that his wife take a photo of the two of them on the bench. Apparently he didn't want to forget the moment either.

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