What They See (Amie King)
The universe is wider than our views of it. –Henry David Thoreau
I’m the “crazy” aunt. Theatre degreed, vegan eating, questioning of everything, I’m always ready for the next great adventure. A highlight of my summer every year is “Aunt Amie’s Cousin Camp,” a time when my two children join with their cousins for a themed day of imagination, relaxation, and nature with me at the helm.
This year we took a photo walk around Austin, Texas, visiting a variety of outdoor venues: Gilleland creek; Mayfield park, where they have peacocks and fish ponds; Mt. Bonnell; and even Hope Outdoor Gallery, a grafitti park. The five children, ranging in age from six to thirteen, were armed with cameras and instructed to take photos of whatever caught their fancy. They did just that and revealed in astounding ways their many different views of the world.
Thoreau's quote reminds us that what we see isn’t all that is present. There is always something else to discover, a deeper level, one that we access only through another’s eyes, or possibly the lens of their camera.
The hearing ear and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both. –Proverbs 20:12