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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30 Responses to Innocence

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

  3. gpcox says:

    Oh, remember those days?!

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

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    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. 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.

    • 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.

  7. kcg1974 says:

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

  8. evgenygridneff says:

    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…

  9. 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:)

  10. Alex Jones says:

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

  11. etomczyk says:

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

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