Childhood Unplugged – November 2017

His first broken bone. It only took 16 years and I wish it didn’t happen the way that it did with another student in his class having aggressive behaviors and Matt was in the wrong place at the wrong time but it happened and we are dealing with it, actually, he is dealing with it a lot better than I thought he would. It’s been over two weeks now with two more to go before we can stop using the sling and start moving his arm around. We are probably looking at some physical therapy because the doctor said that more than likely he will have a frozen shoulder, but kids are resilient and so I’m hoping we can get by with some exercises at home.

He has managed to continue swinging. His favorite thing to do in the world; well, that and ripping leaves might be in a fight for first place on the list of favorite things to do. He is the best muse ever to photograph because he could care less that I have the camera in his face, he just continues on his merry way doing whatever it is he is doing. The only hard part is getting him to stay still long enough to actually take the picture. So today, on a lazy no school teacher work day I followed him around the yard and spent some time being reminded of just how simple his world is.

I know for some it’s hard to believe, hell, sometimes I can’t even comprehend it; sixteen years old and has never sat through a television show or played a video game. He is the poster child of an unplugged childhood! Sometimes I wish I could get into his thoughts and know what they are. His joy is pure, he wants for nothing material. He continues to be my teacher every single day. Reminding me that life doesn’t have to be complicated. That there is so much we can do without.

Childhood Unplugged is a collaboration I share with 12 other photographers. You can click here to see what the others were up to in October. Also you can follow us on Instagram and Facebook. Tag your unplugged moments with #childhoodunplugged for a chance to have your image featured on Instagram. Thank you so very much for your continued support.


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