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Photo of the Day: Clichés Are True

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Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM | Setting: f/4, 1/20, ISO 1600
Camera: Canon 5D | Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM | Setting: f/16, 1/100, ISO 100

Is it reasonable at all to toss this photo across your monitor right now and expect you to have the same reaction to it as I do?  Not even.  That's part of the fun with doing this. I just don't have any clue at all as to what you'll be thinking.

Off the top of my head, these are the choices that seem plausible:

"Ooh, muddy tires."

"That child is way to close to the fire."

"Aww, her feet don't touch the ground."

"Holy crap!  I see me some sweet rock climbs!"

"Where do you get a camp table like that?"

"Hey!  We totally have that same chair! Got it at Target!"

And I'm probably wrong.

My reaction is so different from all of those.  It's, "Oh God, this picture is two years old." There's a reason why clichés are cliché. They're true.  I'm thinking of the one that goes, "They grow up so fast, don't they?"

I remember this meal. New Year's Eve, 2008.  For the first time ever, Chloe sat there in front of the fire (which is deceptively more distant than you think) sipped on some juice and just waited for her dinner. No yelling, no whining. Just waited. I was so elated at her, um, class, that I sat down next to her and soaked in the sunset and the silence. And when dinner was ready - pasta with red sauce - she ate it all. Unless you've had an 18 month-old child, you won't know why that milestone is so significant. Yep.  It signifies that those days of pure sweetness are coming to an end and she'll be . . . two years old, with an attitude and it won't change until she moves out (please tell me that I'm wrong about that part).

Although, it sure does give me a tingle to see her little feet dangling like that. Dad stuff, you know?


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