Wednesday, June 07, 2006

A SMILE FOR WEDNESDAYS -- Overcoming Our Fears


Blogger micki said...

For an autistic child, the sights, sounds, smells, textures, etc. are all intensified. It’s like having your world turned on at high volume, bright picture, all day long; and there is no escape, sometimes not even during sleep. For the longest time, my son had a terrible fear of the water. Then last year, very slowly, he began to play with the hose. Starting by bringing the water to his mouth, after a few days, he finally worked up the nerve to pour it over his head. By the end of summer, he was putting his face on the surface of the water. He even went under a couple of times while at the gym. He did this all on his own, with the encouraging words of Mom constantly reminding him he can do anything he wants to, he just has to work hard.

So, these pictures me a lot to me. They show my son’s wonderful progress last year of conquering one of his fears and turning into his favorite daily activity of the summer. He spent every sunny day in the pool. Boy did he have a great tan by September!

In a couple of weeks, I’ll be posting a shot of him doing something he just taught himself to do…after two years of us trying to do so.

Water Play 1
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Water Play 2
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Water Play 3
Film - Fuji HQ ISO 100
Shutter Speed - 1/500
Aperture Setting - f-4.5 Program Mode
Lens - Sigma 70-300mm zoom lens
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

8:35 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Ah, summer time. A great capture of one of those special times that kids enjoy so much. Well done!

8:36 AM  
Blogger Don said...

Micki, I hadn't read your comment when I reacted to your picture set. With the explanation,these wonderful shots document a special, and pivotal point in your son's life. That's exiciting and so rewarding.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

For most of us, these moments are easy to take for granted. You do a wonderful job of reminding us that the simple things can be very important mile stones.

It certainly sounds like you do a wonderful job helping your son to emerge from this internal world that he lives in. It must be frustrating, and at times heartbreaking, and I am sure it is also heartwarming when he overcomes another obstacle. You must have the patience and heart of a saint.

The shots and narrative brought both a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Lovely and moving.

8:51 AM  
Anonymous Otto K. said...

The wonderful shots are made more so by the text. Hooray for this accomplishment.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Chris Fry said...


The three photos together tell a lovely story. Seeing the expression on his face through all shots lifts the spirit. He is so focused in 1 and 2 and so carefree in number 3... like he is very pleased with himself. Great colour also! :-)

9:59 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

That is awesome Micki! And the pictures are great too. =)

10:38 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

What a wonderful accomplishment! These shots are lovely and even more so now.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Tony said...

mmm the fun of playing with water in the backgarden... shame we have a water shortage here in London and a hose pipe ban in place already... and summer has only just started...!


10:48 AM  
Blogger Doris said...

Oh how wonderful!!!!!! Got to love it when they make progress like that!!!!! I know how very proud you must be!!!!

My youngest although not autistic was born with delayed speech and delayed motor skills. I'm so proud of his progress! This year after 9 years of speech therapy he was released! WOOHOOO!

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Suby said...

Lovely series, I particularly like the bottom shot cause of the way his body seems to be shaped.

Happy for you on your son's improvement. May he continue to improve with each passing day :)

12:02 PM  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Lovely shots!

1:19 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

I loved your shots when I saw them. Once I read your entry, they meant even more. Powerful.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i like this kinda photo...they give a lot of meaning to photographer and the viewer can feel that also....beautiful shot:-)) and thanks for sharing!

10:08 PM  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Fabulous. Progress is so rewarding!

10:42 PM  
Anonymous alan said...

the joys of summer! wonderful shot and touching story

11:21 PM  
Anonymous david kleinert said...

nice to hear he likes the water now! must be warm over there to get under the hose! cheers :)

2:59 AM  
Anonymous cat said...

I love these shots. The tones are wonderful and you have captured the essence of a youthful summers day perfectly.

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Terrific photos and supporting text.

If you have a chance to stop by my site I am honoring a request.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Naturegirl said...

Fear is what stops many of us from accomplishing new tasks. Hurray for your son!! Thank you for sharing this
with us.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Jasp said...

The pictures come alive, can feel that cool water.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Lovle how you captured drops of water!

8:31 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Thanks for sharing this milestone with us!

6:13 AM  

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