I have, of course, many pictures since I was a baby, a child, in school, etc., but this particular one, struck me almost to tears.
I find there is much youth in it, and the promise of a future that lies whole ahead, and then I think, "here I am, many years later, and what happened to all the dreams, all the hopes?"
Inside me, I am still that person of … years ago (I will not say how many!); I am still waiting for something big to happen; I'm still thinking that (most of) my life is in front of me.
That's until I look in the mirror and I see the little wrinkles at the corner of my eyes, and I realise that it’ll feel like a few days and another bunch of years will have passed, and then a few more days for plenty more, and the most difficult to grasp and deal with is this feeling that it seems as if I were twenty just a few days ago.
Strange animals we humans are…
On a more amusing note, it’s Groundhog’s day today, and, despite the gloomy predictions of Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil, the two Canadian groundhog meteorologists, Ontario’s Wiarton Willie and Nova Scotia's Shubenacadie Sam, both predicted an early spring! Hurray!
The poor guys... woken from their hibernation... I just hope they weren't too confused...