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What You Really See

July 23, 2009

As the media has a field day with the arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Harvard Professor who was trying to get into his own house, I started thinking about perspective and how we all see things differently depending on a number of factors

Sure our life experiences, gender and socio-economic status cloud our view sometimes, but in my house perspective seems most shaped by height and age.

For example, today the Little One and I were playing while the Big One was a preschool. There was some kind of noise and Gracie Lou started barking and going crazy standing at the front door as if someone was there.

I’m not sure what the noise was, but I was fairly certain it was not a knock on the front door. The Little One wasn’t so convinced. She looked me straight in the eye and said this:

“Mommy, aren’t you going to smell it?”

It took me a minute to realize what in the world she was talking about. Then it clicked. She wanted me to go check the peep hole on the door to see if anyone was out there. But to her two-year-old eyes, it looks like I am smelling the door when I do that.

Next time you see something that doesn’t look quite right or when your kids looks at you like you have three heads, take a moment to see things from a different perspective and see how different the world can look.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Holly permalink
    July 24, 2009 5:04 am

    That’s priceless!

  2. July 24, 2009 11:26 am

    I linked up your blog to mine in a post today and have given you a most wonderful award to accompany those accolades. Stop by and claim your award soon.

    🙂

  3. July 24, 2009 11:26 am

    Hilarious!!

  4. Grandma permalink
    July 27, 2009 10:29 am

    That’s if your peep whole works. The sheriff banged on our door Sat noc to gain access to our back yard yard to catch a bad guy(they did) but I said may I see a badge?… forgetting I can’t use the peep whole through the added screen door. The Sheriff sheepishly said maam I’m in uniform. Husband sleeps through all the neighborhood dogs barking. and barely wakes when I tell him the sheriff is in our backyard. one of those ummmm !!! tell you the whole story latter.

  5. July 29, 2009 6:17 am

    That is so cute! haha!

  6. August 11, 2009 10:19 am

    Joyce…I love reading your posts! You always make me laugh. This is too funny! Thank you for stopping by my blog as well and leaving such a sweet comment! Have a wonderful day…can’t wait to hear what they will be up to next. lol

    Hugs,
    ~Victoria~

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