Thursday, April 10, 2008

A Wee Beauty

A Wee Beauty

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This friendly miss, with her mum's permission, was kind enough to model her pink suede shoes withe the Velcro closures she can fasten herself. Her eyes, expression, and posture represent to me all that parents aspire to for their children. Although I observed her for only a few minutes as she interacted with her parent and a playmate, I got a very real sense that I was observing a well-loved child, one who faces the world and those in it with interest, trust and a quiet joy. Even at her very young age she was capable of inclusive play, bringing her friend over for me to enjoy photographing her shoes, as well.

Tomorrow the city of Seattle will begin hosting a huge and multifaceted 5 day conference called Seeds of Compassion, featuring the Dalai Lama and focusing on parents, educators, caregivers and community nurturing a healthy and compassionate disposition in children during early childhood. A veritable who's who of Seattle's researchers in neuroscience and social & emotional development will be joined by experts in the field from other states for two education sessions tomorrow. These panel discussions will be televised and webcast in 24 languages, and hosted by the Dalai Lama. There are no tickets or space left for any of this ambitious conference's events, classes, or sessions except for the Key Arena benefit concert by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds tomorrow evening. From what I understand only the $1000 and up tix with backstage pass are available.

13 comments:

alice said...

She's so cute...
Dalai Lama is also the subjet of many conversations in France too these days...

oldmanlincoln said...

Perfect picture. Nice post.

Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

Anonymous said...

Helo! I wish I were in Seattle for Seeds of Compassion.

Just to correct an error in His Holiness's title, it's Dalai Lama, with an "a".

Wishing you the best.

Kate said...

You photographed this beautiful child so very well. The colours bring out her beauty!

Small City Scenes said...

a beauty she is indeed. That gorgeous face and those eyes and Mona Lisa smile. Great photo, Kim. MB

Kim said...

Thank you all very much for these kind comments, and I've corrected my spelling, thanx!

The focus of this long-planned conference is social and emotional nurture, education and parenting of children birth through five and beyond to promote compassion in humans society from the start. The current Tibetan protest is not a focus of this event and I don't think was anticipated at all by the organizers. I imagine the news media will cloud the waters with their take on it. Some of the most prominent research scientists in brain development are participating, and its information we all need.
-Kim

Chuck Pefley said...

A "Wee" beauty indeed!! Very proud of her shoes, too, I'll bet. I remember a pair of moccasins I had when I was very young ... real colored beads ... and I can still smell the buckskin! Thanks for the memory!!!

babooshka said...

Very cute,and very natural. A for spelling corrections,photos come first.

Maya said...

She's so cute! What a lovely shot.

Marcel said...

She is cute! I wish I could see the Dalai Lama; truly a world leader and inspiration.
Nice photo too!

Bibi said...

Hi, Kim. I too wish I could be in Seattle now. Have you ever visited the Sakya Monastery of Tibetan Buddhism on (I think) NE 83rd? Lovely temple room (parts of Little Buddha were filmed there) and there are large prayer wheels outside.

Gargamello said...

I wish I had beautiful hair like that.

Mara said...

Kim, this girl and your photo are so, so lovely and moving. I saw the DL (as we fondly referred to him) on Saturday with thousands of others and was inspired. Thank you for promoting such a worthy cause.