I had some short stories, poems and photographs to share ... and so here I am

The Child Within


Yes, this is me as a toddler, for those who don't like the anonymous element of nameless blogs. I thought it might be nice to give Shameless some kind of face. I have changed a lot though, rest assured. This is proof that I once had hair (I have a "number one" now) and that I was fair-haired (I only remember having dark hair).

How many of you ever take the time to look at your childhood photos? Is it such a shameless thing to dwell on them, or even make them public like this? I like to remind myself of that time when anything was possible, when there were less boundaries, conditioning and baggage. It can still be like this, if we can just clear our minds and try to regain our innocence! I like to remind myself about the existence of that little child within, who is always welcome company in this world of having to be a man. Play and laugh! Play and laugh!

So, I hereby call on my fellow bloggers to share with us at least one photo of themselves as a child. Take yourself back to a good time (I know childhoods are not always easy). Make a new start. Get back in touch with your inner child. You'll be amazed what it can do for your writing. You'll be amazed what it can do for your general state of mind. Who will take up this challenge? Or will my baby face be the only one shining out from the blogosphere?

Let yourself go ga ga!

15 comments:

MoonTopples said...

Shameless: For reasons both complicated and sad, there are no pictures currently in existence of me as a baby or toddler, but I did do this (rather long-winded) post in September.

http://moontopples.blogspot.com/2006/09/i-am-neither-athletic-nor-particularly.html

Does this qualify? Or must I try again?

Shameless said...

Moon, I think your post more than qualifies ... excellent read! And the photo is far enough back. Can you point to that moment though as a reminder of your child within? That's the important part.

Anonymous said...

Oh, all right then....

Shameless said...

Fantastic, Minx. These were worth waiting for! I've left a comment on your page.
And what about the rest of you?
Where are those children within?

Anonymous said...

It's the thighs 'without' that I am more worried about!

Shameless said...

Do I need to clarify that when I asked "and what about the rest of you?", I was directing that at other bloggers? Someone pointed out that this could be misread by Minx! Ok, record straight.

moontopples said...

Shameless: I have done a new post in my attempt to be more compliant with your original intent. Still not a baby, but further back than the baseball story I had already done.

Shameless said...

The uniform is great, Moon/Maht! And the rest of you bloggers? Go and check out Moon's pic for inspiration, and then get your own photos up on your sites! It's time to go absolutely ga ga!

Anonymous said...

And of course, I never 'misread' anything, do I? Minx winx!

Shameless said...

Always pays to check though, Minx ... wouldn't want you exposing everything on your blog for my sake! lol

Shameless said...

I'm also pleased to see that Marie at marie-deepthinker.blogspot.com has put up a pic as well. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Shameless. Your picture's great - so cute!

Shameless said...

Minx says an awful jumper though, Marie, which my Mum won't like if she reads this ... and she does pop in!

cate sweeney said...

Hey Shamus you cheekie chappie, you look like a stand-in for Danny Kaye in that film, set in medieval times, oooh what was it called, where he does the pestle and the brew that is true sketch. Never mind.I think I'll have to take up this challenge. I've just posted on my blog, will go back and add another!

Shameless said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the pic, Cate!