Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge – Day Five

IMG_4192Our apple tree has been doing a funny thing this year. As you can see, there are some random flowers along with maturing apples.

This photo I took last night reminded me of July 2014 when I was all anxious about my son. He was 17 months old and wasn’t walking yet. He just made his first independent step when he was exactly 17 months old. By then everyone’s babies were walking. Mine didn’t. He went pretty much from crawling straight into running. It just shows that

We blossom when we are ready, not when others think we ‘should’.

I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by wonderful Ula. Although we’ve never met, I feel I’ve known Ula for a long time. Her writing is exquisite and touches something deep inside me. I’d like to nominate Norah Colvin at http://norahcolvin.com/. She is passionate about education and learning, and I love how compassionate her writing is (compassion is the theme of this month on my blog).

The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:

1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.

2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.

3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!

10 thoughts on “Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge – Day Five

  1. Hi Gulara, enjoyed your post today, great point about blossoming when ready.You did not get it wrong.  It was supposed to be at 7 am. This is not the only one to change, The August one has changed too but she did remember to announce that one.I am sad , particularly as out of the last four sessions including this one there is only one at UK time Probably the bias has been towards Australia obviously and UK rather than US over the whole of the course as I noticed that and out of three there is always going to ba one disappointed country.I was going to ask for 5 minutes to practice my sentence so I guess I will do it in the mastermind as that is the only opportunity now except perhaps September! Ithink that is the UK friendly one.Oh well I will do something else I suppose and probably some clearing round the disappointment , feeling left out etc love to you xx I hope you are feeling good this morning and confident and clear xx

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  2. Thanks for reading and commenting, Charlotte.
    Yes, very disappointed too… I really enjoyed last week’s call and got so much out of it by just listening to others and offering creative solutions. Oh well… I haven’t picked up on August changes, by the way. I’ll need to look into that.
    Thank you so much for yesterday’s clearing. I felt really disorientated most of the day. Just coming around today… It was a great one!

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  3. I love the metaphor you used here. I honk that everyone is ready to do things in their own time, letting your son do things when he is ready and not when others think that he is will probably make him quite independent.

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    • It’s lovely isn’t it, Solveig, when one just sees a life lesson right there on the tree or learns that worrying can’t get your son walking. He’ll walk anyway when he is ready. He is still like that: when he is ready to do something, he is ready and he is amazingly cooperative. If he is not… Well, that’s probably a reflection for another post 🙂

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  4. Thanks Gulara, I agree with Solveig – a lovely metaphor for letting the little ones unfold in their own time. Makes for everything being easier later (in my experience – e.g. potty training or coming off the breast). The apple flower is so pretty!

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    • Thank you for reading and commenting, Silvia. I love finding ‘lessons’ in day-to-day life. When we are willing to learn, we can learn even from a tree 🙂 I loved your blog too. I found so many amazing bloggers through nominating Susan – it was the best choice I’ve made recently.

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  5. Thank you, Susan, it is such a pretty sight. I’ve seen a few flowers before, and kept forgetting to capture them. I don’t know whether it’s ‘normal’ but I found it quite fascinating. And the parallel with my son’s walking just came straightaway. I could apply it to my own writing too. I get so impatient sometimes, even when I remind myself that there is nowhere to get to. Relax and enjoy the process. I do forget though and find myself pushing and striving until a flower blossoms on my apple tree 🙂 Then I relax… for a bit. Thank you for commenting. It’s wonderful to have your wisdom and presence on this journey.

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