AlphabetPhoto : J is for juxtaposition and journey

Journey

 

Juxtaposition:the fact of two things being seen or placed close together with contrasting effect. (Oxford Dictionary)

Eldest is away on her travels. The second big adventure away from us, in the same number of years. This time, she is further afield. I can’t as easily jump in a car and drive a couple of hours to pick her up. She is further afield.

When I took this photo, I didn’t take much notice of the background. The contrast of her travel kit and the warmth of the kitchen behind. It strikes me now as a juxtaposition. The contrast of her organization and well thought out planning, to the chaotic, warm nature of our family kitchen. One to stay and one to move, but the contrast doesn’t stop there.

When she returns, to her it will feel like she’s been gone a month. To us, a matter of days.

When she returns, she will have gained so many new experiences and skills. We will have stayed the same.

When she returns, she will be full of stories to tell. We will have little new to add.

In the few days she will have grown, as if time has moved more quickly for her and allowed her to pack more in. The contrast will be amazing. As a parent, there are few other times when you can measure the growth of a child so remarkably. One of the joys of parenting.

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In the meantime, if you don’t mind, I’ll be needing extra chocolate!

(edited: I did hint to her that she could bring some chocolate back for me us.)

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Joining in with the talented Charly over at Podcast, with the #AlphabetPhoto

26 thoughts on “AlphabetPhoto : J is for juxtaposition and journey

  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:20 am
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    Hard for you to let her go alone, but such a wonderful experience for her. Love your choice of word, photo and post x #alphabetphoto

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 6:22 am
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    It is difficult letting go, but at the same time I’m excited for her. At her age, I was having big adventures. I know how much she will gain. Wish I was there to see it too.

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 7:21 am
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    My boy is 3, so him going off on his travels is a while away yet but I’m imagine it’s a bigger step for us then it is for them in some ways. A great J though, how clever that you spotted this one in your photograph. #alphabetphoto

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    • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:12 pm
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      It certainly is, but just as exciting to see them grow.

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 8:24 am
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    I have yet to reach this time but I know I will find it hard when I do. A lovely post. Enjoy your chocolate!

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    • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:13 pm
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      I can imagine her going for many more adventures yet. Each time she’ll come back that little bit more grown up.

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 9:23 am
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    What a wonderful capture – both in the photo and thoughts x

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    • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:14 pm
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      I meant it to be just “journey”, but the comparison was too much to resist.

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 11:27 am
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    Lovely photo, hope she has a great time and you survive being apart!

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    • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:14 pm
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      I’m sure we will. Have to admit I’m a wee bit envious and wish I was going.

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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    Your photo says it all. She’s leaving home for exciting times out in the world. But she’ll always come back home, don’t you worry! #alphabetphoto

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    • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:17 pm
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      I remember my first adventures, so well. It is exciting and I would always encourage her to go. Can’t wait to hear what she’s been up to!

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:25 pm
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    Such beautiful words here. I am here and my family is far and I am thinking of them because there was a strong typhoon last night. When i read your words I cried because I am the one who is doing some journey and I miss going home.

    #alphabetphoto

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    • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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      I hope your family are safe. Being so far away must be difficult. Hope you can visit them in the near future.

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 8:19 pm
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    I dread the day my two start leaving home off on their adventures! I hope she has a brilliant time and wishing you lots of luck to get through it!

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    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:05 pm
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      She had a time to remember!

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  • Wednesday 16 July, 2014 at 8:37 pm
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    I love the fact that your photo tells a story! It’s a great unplanned juxtaposition. Looks like your daughter really is off on her adventures! #alphabetphoto

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    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:45 pm
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      She is so organized!

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    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:07 pm
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      Oh, so true.

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  • Saturday 19 July, 2014 at 11:32 am
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    How positively exciting for your daughter! I hope she is having a fantastic time away and that she is not missing you all too much. #alphabetphoto

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    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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      She got a lot out of the trip.

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  • Tuesday 22 July, 2014 at 10:29 am
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    I am loving your alphabet… and oh must they grow up so very fast!!!!

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    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:10 pm
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      I know exactly what you mean. Slow down children!

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  • Tuesday 22 July, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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    Gosh that must be so hard but she’ll have the best time and you’ll no doubt hear all about it. Must be so strange without her there, I am sending you virtual chocolate! Lovely post though, thank you so much for sharing #alphabetphoto

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    • Saturday 26 July, 2014 at 5:11 pm
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      It was most strange with one child missing. The pup was quite sullen! Think she was worried that she would be sent away next.

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