26 Sep 2013

SHADOWS

Jenny Matlock
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When I was a little girl playing outside in the street or garden, I discovered a strange black figure which seemed to be attached to my feet. Whatever I did jumping left or right, sitting down, changing direction laying down this black monster stuck on me, and it was even worse when I layed down it became long and skinny. I also realized that the monster took different shapes or it was long and skinny or looked like a fat frog. My grandma watched my rather strange behavior, shaking my feet or running around. Living on the countryside with my grandparents, I didn't have any little friends, because I didn't go to kindergarten and my cousin was too old for me that's at least what she thought at that time. In the 40/50th there were no many toys either, so I had to be very creative to keep myself busy.

I asked my grandma why I had this black thing attached to my feet. The poor woman raked her brain, but she didn't belong to the people who never gave explanations to a child, so she tried to explain. She said : "Go in the shade and it will disappear". She was right. She said it only happens when the sun is shining and I could play with my shade. That sounded more interesting.



She showed me some examples with her hands against the wall of the house. I was delighted ! What a game ! I wasn't angry with my shadow anymore, it became my playmate. I became a real specialist in creating animals, faces, and other things I have forgotten.

When my parents finally picked me up to stay with them, my father found this game stupid, my mother as usual didn't say anything. So I forgot about playing with my shadow meanwhile I went to school and had real playmates.

Later when I was a young girl I had many "Shadows" but they were not attached to my feet, but pursued me in another way. They were male human shadows.

Now that I am older if not old, before I wrote this post I looked up shadow in Wikipedia. It's quiet interesting how the shadow effect is explained. But honestly I preferred the one of my grandma.

Now I discovered that you can do very creative photos with shadows.



This is not very creative, I just wanted to take a picture of Arthur sitting in the middle of the street.


I realized that my shadow has become big and bigger and my head smaller and smaller. I hope it doesn't influence my brain.



This morning my shadow was rather creative. I looked like  a hedgehog !



and poor Pookie is surprised that the mouse has no shadow at all.

16 comments:

Splendid Little Stars said...

I like that picture of you taking a picture of Arthur sitting in the middle of the street! I think it's clever!
A couple years ago, I started taking silly shadow photos of my husband and me while on vacation. In fact there's one in a recent blog post.
I love how your grandma showed you how to make hand shadows. How fun!

Linens and Royals said...

Pookie is making some lovely cat shaped shadows, so is Arthur. I love that shadows can make you tall and thin which I would like to be in real life.
I wish I could remember something my grandma told me but there were so many cousins always there I'm not sure she noticed me.

Andrew said...

It's a great photo of your shadow and Arthur.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

great shots - lovely "S" post...

acreativeharbor.com said...

Fun shots for S ~ great shadow photos ~ carol ^_^

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love your story and pix ...and your grandma's explanation works for me!

edenhills said...

What a fun post! Love your grandma's explanation!

diane b said...

An interesting look into your childhood. Nice memories of your shadow play with grandma. Like the hedgehog look.

Tracy Cook said...

shadows are great especially at night when i am reading and my cats try to catch the spider shadow I make on the wall tee hee

Sandra Tyler said...

Fun pics and love the childhood story. I think we all have some attachment to our shadows....

fredamans said...

Great shadows! I love finding creative ones!

lissa said...

I remember hand shadows, though I never could make any animal shapes well.

wonderful S post. hope you have a great day.

Scudds Harrison said...

Great fun and I enjoyed my visit here :)

Have a lovely weekend xx

Esther Joy said...

You had a sweet grandma! My mom used to show me some of those hand shadows.

Enjoyed your post. I think I shall have to try more shadow pictures!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

It was great that your grandma took the time to answer you and that you enjoyed making the hand shadows that she showed you. Hopefully, all the shadows experienced were ones with good memories. I also remember having fun making hand shadows with our children.

Blessings & Aloha!

Jenny said...

Sometimes grandmothers say it best!

This sounds like such a splendid memory... Thank you for sharing it with us for the letter "S"!

Spectacular post!

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