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We do lose our sense of innocence and wonder at some point. It is hard to bring it back, but not impossible. Going for a walk and just walking, seeing the world through new eyes is a way to explore and recapture that innocence.

Images by T.Dashfield Photography

At what age did we lose the ability to be exuberant without the fear of what others would think of us?  When did we stop being wonderfully expressive in our joy without a care in the world?  We’ve become adults who have lost or repressed the ability  to feel and express our emotions purely, freely and openly.  I love seeing little children show their sweet joy without a care in the world.  It’s pure and beautiful.  My intent was to take a picture of the little guy sitting on the rabbit but just as I pressed the button I captured a different  moment in time;  a little boy thrilled about getting ready to go for a ride on the carousel.

Photo taken in Bryant Park, New York.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

11 responses »

  1. Suzuki calls it beginners mind. I watch at times as my one a half year old grandson sees something for the first time.

    Mindfulness, supposedly takes us back to where we can be just present again, maybe never as free as that child, but able to,let the approval,or criticism fade.
    Even without any mental,disorder like depression anxiety or PTSD, look at how many of us let opportunity in life pass us by because we fear, failure, ridicule, embarrassment, loss

    All impermanent worthless emotions, powerless without us giving them power.

    Our job is to risk more let go more live more

  2. This is such a refreshing and uplifting share Ivon…. to be in the company of innocence and joy. Thank you!
    I’ve found this comes back as I get older. Along with so many other things that we let go of … being self conscious and “knowing” is being replaced with curiously wonder and gratitude.
    I’m not sure I would ride on a rabbit horsie though …lol

  3. probably that’s what they called to be yourself…without any fear or shy feeling… to sing, to dance, to live….Indeed!

  4. I’m not sure of innocence, but being out in nature each day means that you never lose your sense of wonder.

  5. the beauty in children–that lack of awareness.

  6. whoops–lack of self-awareness. They are very much aware…because of that lack! It’s early yet…heheh…:)


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