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{this moment}

July 16, 2010

Joining with Soulemama in her Friday ritual:

A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

This is our youngest receiving some last-minute instruction before setting off on his Duke of Edinburgh award expedition, which is something of a rite of passage for teenagers in this part of the world. It gave me a little lump in my throat to see him being so independent; it also seemed like payback for some of the more tedious walks we did when the children were small. Those endless extemporised  stories about Thomas the Tank Engine and Tintin suddenly seemed completely worthwhile.

Sorry about the words but I thought a little explanation was needed!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. July 16, 2010 12:14 pm

    What a wonderful moment for both of you. You must be so proud.

    Here is out moment: http://heartfelthomemaking.blogspot.com/2010/07/this-moment_16.html

    Blessings, Elizabeth

  2. July 16, 2010 12:43 pm

    This is the start of further independence. A happy and a sad moment in one.
    Here is mine:
    http://www.livingamused.com/2010/07/16/this-moment-my-moment-of-the-week-07-16-10/

  3. July 16, 2010 12:52 pm

    I was happy to see that my first thought was incorrect….I was thinking a search party for someone lost in the wilderness! They do grow up so quickly don’t they. Hopefully his expedition was a successful one! 🙂

    My Moment: Summertime is Bumble Bees and Sunflowers

    http://www.magikalfolkcrafts.com/whispersfromthewoods/?p=3757

    • JoannaD permalink
      July 17, 2010 12:39 pm

      What an exciting thought! Nothing so dramatic, I’m afraid, but yes, the expedition was successful, thank you. They all got themselves to the right destination at more or less the right time!

  4. July 16, 2010 8:32 pm

    How interesting! I wish we celebrated coming of age! It truly is a major milestone crossing through that time. I’m sure it seems as if it were just yesterday that you were holding him in your arms. 🙂

    • JoannaD permalink
      July 17, 2010 12:37 pm

      It’s not an official celebration, alas. It’s just that, being near excellent walking country, a lot of schools around here offer their pupils the chance to do this award. However it certainly feels significant for the parents, I think: as you say, it hardly seems any time since he was crawling and now he’s lugging a heavy rucksack through the hills unsupervised!

  5. July 21, 2010 1:28 pm

    I love how the photograph captures the concentration of Youngest and the others on the map. Hope the award was successfully achieved.

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