Light and Darkness
|Camera:||Canon EOS 5D|
Venus is on my calendar today. Yes, the one closest to the earth. I’ve been thinking about it on and off since I was asked by an 8 year old boy to help him with his school project.
I looked it up on Google, of course. Real color Venus is apparently white and goldy, as there is a thick swirling cloud cover over the entire planet. He said he’d like to do a mock up of the planet. OK. I thought about putting a Styrofoam ball in glue and then rolling it in crystals. So, I bought the crystals and the Styrofoam ball.
But, as I’m imagining how cool that would look, I thought about his face on other projects, and occasionally, his words, “Um, Pappy? I don’t really want to make a dinosaur out of autumn leaves or out of almonds (they would have been the pointy armor, people!) and we had to come to another idea because the teacher seems to want the child to have the ideas.
So, I’m at the grocery store after a bad day all around when I totally wished I had someone to say, “You know Pat everything is going to be alright with the world” and, not just that, but this is key, someone to say it who I believed. The older I get, the more often I have to make the case myself, sometimes from scratch, each day. (Strong dark coffee is essential for this “Believe” project but illegal substances may be necessary in the future.)
So, I thinking my deep dark thoughts and slumped over the cart as if I was hauling Albert Camus’ stone on my back when I pass by the marshmallows.
“Marshmallows! That’s it! Venus made from marshmallows!” I thought. Excellent cloud double and kids will love it.
Spring returned to my step and I took this photo on the way home at an intersection.
If he doesn’t like this idea, at least we can roast them over the gas burner while we’re doing HIS idea.
©Pat Coakley 2008
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