Monday, February 22, 2010

What I Saw in a Split Second

Every now and then someone will tell me that Miss Banana looks just like me. I always smile and say, "You think so?" but I never see it. Until the other day at the park. I looked at her and saw myself. I wanted to tell her to freeze or something.

I took this picture as quickly as I could, but didn't quite capture it. It was only there for a few seconds, but it was most definitely there. The look in her eyes, the shape of her face, even the way she walked. I saw and remembered my 7 year old self. The feelings, the energy, the awkward teeth. I was so surprised to see so much of myself in her. Surprised and excited. And grateful for the memory and understanding that came in those seconds.

6 comments:

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

I can see myself in some of my children too, some more than others. I can also see my sisters or my husband in my children - not just how they look physically but their personalities. It often makes me wonder how my ancestors were, what traits they passed on, where I got certain characteristics from. Can't wait for that big reunion in the sky to find out.

Chaney said...

What a great of her! Samuel says he didn't recognize her at first because "she has a different coat". Had to share that because I thought it was funny.

I didn't know you at 7, but I've always thought she looks like you.

Chaney said...

Sorry, I meant to write what a great picture of her!

Jen said...

Cute picture.

I see my husband in my kids mostly, but people tell my they are caricatures of me at the same ages.

Hannah said...

She is just beautiful!! (As I am sure you were at that age too.)

Autumn said...

That is so neat you were finally able to see yourself in her. Happy for you! I especially liked your final line "Grateful for the memory and understanding that came in those seconds". So well said that it brought a lump to my throat, cus I felt like I really knew what you meant, even though I don't have any children of my own. Thank you for sharing your special insight, it was very sweet.