Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Simplicity

This week Patti has asked us to share our photos representing “simplicity”.


For some health reasons, this is my first post of 2020.  I’m unable to drive so I’ve not been able to get out with my camera.  You don’t realize how much you rely on a vehicle until that privilege is gone.  


But my grandson is with us this week so I have lots of opportunities to use my camera.  He’s four years old now and so inquisitive.  Granddaddy has been working in the yard and Carter has been helping all week.  He even gave Carter a mound of dirt to play in.


Funny thing though – Carter didn’t understand the concept of playing in the dirt.  He was hesitant to sit in it and kept brushing the dirt off each time he stood up.  It took a little explaining that it was ok to get dirty.



So that brings my story back to simplicity.  This generation doesn’t come outside to play.  They have cell phones, computers, gaming equipment and large TVs they watch inside.  They’ve never felt grass on their bare feet or squished mud between their toes – they have fancy and expensive tennis shows now that they can’t get dirty (unless it’s organized sports).



We didn’t have any of these things.  We had nothing more complicated than Barbie, bicycles and board games.  While I don’t remember playing in the dirt – I did and still have an aversion to getting dirty – I do remember congregating at the playground with all the neighborhood kids.  

But we didn’t have two parents working outside the home either.  Drugs, mass shootings, terrorism or coronavirus were unheard of when I was young.  Life is much different now.

So as I’m sitting on the steps watching my grandson, I’m so happy he’s here and that we could give him this simpler day.

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8 thoughts on “Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists – Simplicity

  1. Have missed you Gina, happy to see you back and hope you’re feeling better. Your post reminded me of the days when all the neighborhood kids would be in the street (which was a circle for us) to play whiffle ball or Red Rover Red Rover, or whatever game we felt like. And yes, we had Barbies and jigsaw puzzles for days when it rained. They were the “good old days”, but then again if this virus had hit back then we’d have had no way to connect with others as we have during these times. So I suppose we have to take the bad with the good. So glad your grandson got to get a taste of those days. He looks adorable.


  2. So glad you are back. I’m sure having your grandson with you brought you a lot of joy. You are so right about things being a lot simpler when we were kids. I remember making mud pies!


  3. A lovely journal of a simply grand day, Gina. Sorry to hear that you’ve been having health challenges and hope things have turned around for you.

    I’ve wondered how this generation of kids will look back on this time as they age, hopefully that they got some feeling for simpler and less connected.


  4. Welcome back, Gina. I’m so happy you can now join us. And what you write about playing as a child and enjoying the simple pleasures outside in nature all ring true for me, as well. Your photos of your grandson are wonderful! I am sure you’re helping to create memories of the simple pleasures of nature.


  5. Welcome back, Gina – and so glad you have this time with your grandson – and that he could get the “real feel” of olden days. But those days are still here – if we want to make them possible! Like you did for him – valuable experiences for all of you. He looks really sweet – lucky you!


  6. Your granddaughter is adorable. Thank you, Gina for sharing these wonderful photos with us. I feel the same about the old time…


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