This AOP follows on so beautifully from Carly’s Post Of Wonder on Wednesday, you’d think we meant for the scheduling to work out this way. But nay, no such forethought.
Geoff’s love for E and his absolute, unquestionable belief in her excellence – even, and especially, when she doesn’t see it herself makes my heart hurt. And he writes about her so thoughtfully and fully – with everything he has – that I get a bit weepy. Until the penguin. Then I just grin.
Geoff and E, I think you’re both pretty bloody marvellous and very, very lucky to have one another. Also, I need to know what the penguin is called, plsthx.
Ok. To most people this will just appear to be a posed photograph of a toy baby penguin enjoying the title sequence of the popular comedy show ‘How I Met Your Mother’. To some more abstract readers it could even be a metaphor for the simplification of comedy to suit the masses, perhaps even penguins – but we won’t go into that right now. This image, to me, holds a far greater meaning. It was only a few days ago that I received this particular photo from my girlfriend, who for the sake of not embarrassing her (or indeed exposing her need to create wonderful abstract photographic imagery) I shall not name. I will say this however – it was not too long ago that she had an article published here, on this very site! Within said article, she talked about her self-assurance and her desire to be a more confident woman. Since the article, she has achieved so much. Too much to put into a short article. Too much to put into words. I have watched her grow and become more comfortable, more confident and most of all, more herself.
That’s where this photo comes in. As she develops into a more self-assured, wonderful young woman, more and more little nuggets of silliness emerge in the form of photos, words and so much more. This little penguin (still to be named, as far as I know) watching ‘comedy’ (couldn’t resist) symbolises one of the many incredible things I see in her every single day. What is even more wonderful, is that I know that as she grows and develops even more, these little pieces of her will never change.