Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Candid Sensation

Seven days of summer in Haarlem was meant to be the perfect escapism away from the overwhelming reality; instead it brought me closer to reality. Oh the irony! When I was caught red handed for secretly taking photo of this charming family in Grote Markt, I swear I was in big trouble. 

So, I had the goofiest smile on my face, praying silently to Him I won't get sued for invading someone's privacy and unbeknownst to me, their mother welcomed me with opened arms, even consented my side activity to take their photos. I'm so thankful He had blessed me by capturing this portrait, aptly titled "A Candid Sensation". She taught me many things in a span of minutes when she allowed me into her wonderful world. Reality is what we make it to be, good or bad. We have the choices in our hands, what comes out of it is beyond our control. 

With that in mind, we are capable of making life (and memories) as beautiful and crazy as we want it to be. So, to know that she invited a stranger like me into their circle without preconceived judgment enlightened me even more. If she can accept me for who I am, I should be able to do the same for others and myself. We don't have to conform to others way of life in order to blend in. 

After all, where is the fun when everyone looks or acts the same?

* This post has been entered into the Grantourismo and HomeAway Holiday-Rentals travel blogging competition

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  1. Hi Dania, thanks for your entry in to our competition! What a cute family! - Sarah

  2. Thank you Sarah for dropping by :) They are indeed cute! This picture is still candid despite being well aware about taking their picture.

  3. Just letting you know that judging is underway for the August Grantourismo Comp. We should be announcing the winners later today and posting the September contest details as well on the site Thanks again for your entry and best of luck!

  4. Time flies indeed! Thank you for the head's up :) It's a great competition to participate :)