At what age did we lose the ability to be exuberant without the fear of what others would think of us?  When did we stop being wonderfully expressive in our joy without a care in the world?  We’ve become adults who have lost or repressed the ability  to feel and express our emotions purely, freely and openly.  I love seeing little children show their sweet joy without a care in the world.  It’s pure and beautiful.  My intent was to take a picture of the little guy sitting on the rabbit but just as I pressed the button I captured a different  moment in time;  a little boy thrilled about getting ready to go for a ride on the carousel.

Photo taken in Bryant Park, New York.


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  1. #1 by Antionette Blake (@ambde) on August 5, 2014 - 9:28 am

    This reminds me of the Twilight Zone episode where the man returned to his childhood but knew he couldn’t stay, He rode on a carousel as well.

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on August 5, 2014 - 9:35 am

      Missed that episode…must look into it. I remember the kick the can one though.

  2. #3 by The Dose of Reality on August 5, 2014 - 9:46 am

    This is an awesome picture!! Love it! Pure joy! :)-Ashley

  3. #5 by gpcox on August 5, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    Oh, remember those days?!

  4. #7 by milfordstreet on August 5, 2014 - 6:32 pm

    I do believe that this is the first time that I’ve ever seen a rabbit on a carousel. Great shot.

  5. #11 by ChgoJohn on August 5, 2014 - 11:55 pm

    Perfect timing, Teri. What fun! In an age where everything is seemingly digitized, it’s great to see kids enjoying a ride on something their great grandparents enjoyed.

  6. #13 by ivonprefontaine on August 6, 2014 - 7:08 am

    Reblogged this on Teacher as Transformer and commented:
    We do lose our sense of innocence and wonder at some point. It is hard to bring it back, but not impossible. Going for a walk and just walking, seeing the world through new eyes is a way to explore and recapture that innocence.

    • #14 by imagesbytdashfield on August 6, 2014 - 7:53 am

      Very true. I find going “there” with a child, getting down on their level helps as well. I will admit to putting on my wellies and having a good stomp in a rain puddle once in awhile is a great way to reconnect to those innocent days.

      • #15 by ivonprefontaine on August 7, 2014 - 7:17 am

        A walk in the rain is such a wonderful (wonder filled) experience and it gives us opportunities to be child-like.

  7. #16 by Der Seiltänzer on August 6, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Great shot!

  8. #18 by kcg1974 on August 6, 2014 - 10:05 am

    Always my favorite to see the children riding free in innocence…

    • #19 by imagesbytdashfield on August 6, 2014 - 10:15 am

      It lifts my spirits that’s for sure 🙂

      • #20 by kcg1974 on August 6, 2014 - 10:30 am

        Taking my grand-daughter this afternoon. Can’t wait! 🙂

      • #21 by imagesbytdashfield on August 6, 2014 - 11:04 am

        I miss those days…have fun!

      • #22 by kcg1974 on August 6, 2014 - 4:47 pm

        Thanks. 🙂

  9. #23 by evgenygridneff on August 6, 2014 - 11:53 am

    As I get older I care less for what people think. I’m getting rid of the inner adult to release my outer child. Let’s enjoy and have fun until we’re called to the next world…

    • #24 by imagesbytdashfield on August 6, 2014 - 4:29 pm

      I totally agree although I still have moments of being too adult when I should just be me and enjoy 🙂

      • #25 by evgenygridneff on August 6, 2014 - 5:47 pm

        Smiling and laughter is always a great help! 🙂

  10. #26 by hitandrun1964 on August 6, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    Next time you go for a walk, walk backwards for a bit and skip then do a few dance steps…walk on the curb and twirl. It’s fun and feels really good:)

    • #27 by imagesbytdashfield on August 6, 2014 - 5:29 pm

      Twirl and skip I can do and I’ve been known to dance anytime and anywhere I hear a good tune 🙂

  11. #28 by Alex Jones on August 7, 2014 - 6:31 am

    People stop because of fear and needing approval to be joyful and free.

  12. #29 by etomczyk on August 7, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    What a delightful picture, TD. It is the essence of joy. Made me happy just glancing at it.

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