Week Four - Make Sense
This week’s challenge focuses on the feel of things. I love corduroy pants and not so much because I look fabulous in them (not), but because I love running my hand over the nape, back and forth, and then over the ridges. The texture is complex and interesting and maybe just a little bit soothing. One of my best friends daughters has to have a chenille blanket to get to sleep and it doesn't even need to be the same blanket, just the soft of that special fabric. I've watched two of my own children react very differently to walking in grass with bare feet...one could barely stand it, acting like it was prickly and painful, while the other never wears shoes outside. We make very strong bonds with touch that stick with us from childhood to adulthood.
With my layout, I wanted to go a little deeper. I wanted to capture my feelings about my country, my son, and a possible future. Our country's flag always brings a strong emotional response to me. When I took this picture of Oaken, it made me think of the freedom we enjoy, and the price of that freedom. My brother served in the Army across seas a few years ago and is now learning how to fly Apache helicopters. I know he will most likely serve again when he's finished and it made me so proud of him and his drive to fight for freedom. It made me wonder what kind of future Oaken will have to look forward to - will he choose the same path? In so many years, will he have a choice? Such a huge flux of emotions; pride, unease, thankfulness, gratefulness, love - all about how I feel.
So, I think this sense could be a physical touch and even the 'feelings' something invokes in me. Sometimes they work together; which 'makes sense!'