Sophia Says – 4

Sophia says, go out to play.  And the day was full of expectation.

Flamingo Mess

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When I was a child, I climbed walls, just to see what was on the other side. It didn’t matter how high, your friends were always there with you. You could sit on a wall, throw a ball against a wall, use it as a wall to mark the goal posts. A wall was just a wall, made of brick coloured bricks, brick shaped bricks, bricks that smelled like bricks. Real bricks. Sometimes, you simply sat on the wall, deciding what game to play or where to go next. You told each other jokes and laughed a lot.

When I was grown I built lots of walls. Walls made of square pegs in round holes. Walls made of paper shapes. Walls made of expectations. Walls that served no useful purpose until I saw they were made for learning how to climb again.

This is my fourth post In response to the 5 day photo/story challenge from suedreamwalker. She has a wonderful blog.

Here are the rules for the “Five Photos Five Stories” challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge. My nomination today is ‘In A Dim Light.’ A wonderful and sensitive blog.

(Sporadic posting is alright if you’re unable to post each day.)

Blue Flamingo’s © 2015 TCFlynn

About maskednative

I live in Ireland, in an extended cottage overlooking Waterford Estuary, privvy to constant changes of light on water, colour and movement, tides and people. I am anglo-Irish and although my initial intention was to live here for a year and a day, I am still here, a blow-in to these shores for the past fifteen years. There have been countless times when I wanted to run back to England with homesickness and relief, but for one reason or another, so far, it has not been possible. I surrender, the soul of Ireland has captured me, allowed a glimpse of the world behind the mask of everyday experiences, bringing forth a mixture of words and pictures from an ordinary everyday life, filled with ordinary everydayness that I offer as a celebration, to the creator of this truly wonderful planet.
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11 Responses to Sophia Says – 4

  1. love the image and this, “When I was grown I built lots of walls. Walls made of square pegs in round holes. Walls made of paper shapes. Walls made of expectations. Walls that served no useful purpose until I saw they were made for learning how to climb again.”…when i think of a wall, i think of boundaries (creating significance and layers of meaning)…


  2. Love today’s entry Teri, Yes so many walls we build around ourselves and put up against other people.. When we were children, we saw things differently, and we trusted in the wall we sat upon to be just a wall..
    Unlike today, so many barriers in disguise .. all with labels upon them.

    Loved your Blue flamingos, is this your art? Beautifully done..

    🙂 Happy Friday x

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    • maskednative says:

      Yes Sue, when we were children, a wall was just a wall, simple as that. You mention barriers in disguise, how true and how sad that we are so afraid of revealing ourselves and yet, how freeing this can be.
      Thank you for liking my Blue Flamingoes, they are my own work, still practicing with oils, and nothing at all to do with walls but the companionship seemed to fit with the childhood theme. Hope you have a good weekend.

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      • They are beautiful.. and you are very talented.. I confess to not working with oils much, I enjoy Acrylics and Pastels and watercolour.. But I keep meaning to buy some oils to give them a go..:-) .
        And here’s to letting go of Masks as we knock the walls down. 🙂

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  3. Geo Sans says:

    an artist removing
    creating layers
    earth speaking through art
    my wonder wall

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  4. Wow, Teri, what a good analogy! It seems that indeed we are always climbing, building, or tearing down some kind of walls as we age. What a shame that we ever feel a need to build walls around ourselves. Great post. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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  5. Fantastic post, great insights! Love the painting! ❤

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