childhood

On the Road: Youth and history intertwined

On the Road: Youth and history intertwined

This is it! The day has come where we are hitting our cross-country road trip. My six year old son plans to write a book of his adventures featuring his penguin toys. He will supplement his book with photographs that he will be taking throughout the trip. At the age of three when we were in Japan we gave him a real camera and he was a natural photographer. People would stop and pose for him with no problem.

He has shown an eye for framing. At times his framing is a bit odd but I am fascinated by his photos. As a psychologist I study his photographs and note what he has focused on. It is an interesting way of understanding his cognitive and mental development. I only took one developmental psychology course. It was not my cup of tea necessarily. Now, however, I just am in awe of his act of processing of life, situations and time.

In sorting through my computer and doing final storage of items, I came across this photograph of him in new Hampshire when we went on a random roadtrip from new York to Wentworth By the Sea. It was a cute, charming town that captured his interest mainly because of the submarine exhibit but also of our “stonehedge” visit.

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As he played with the archaeological items I thought of how his youthful standing stood next to these old, historical artifacts. I wondered as to how he processes that there has been a life and world way before him. The interplay of youth and history side by side can cause one to think of how we wish to shape the future. Part of the reason I take him on so many trips around the world is that I want him to not be afraid and I want him to know that there is more to life than the here and now. I want him to discover new places and new people. While he is most definitely a big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan, he is also a huge Indiana Jones fan. He wears an Indiana-Jones like hat on our trips while also carrying his own camera and notepad to jot down observations.  I feel that I am building up the armchair anthropologist in him. May that sense of adventure carry forth.

Let’s see what his book and photographs on this cross country trip look like. For me that is a big part of the fun of this trip. I get to see the world through his eyes as well as my own. How great to be four-eyed!

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