Inspired by Barry's passion for his community, I've decided to take part in the My Town Friday Photo Shoot-Out, a project begun to get bloggers out into their communities and showing them off to each other. If you want more details about this fun project, or if you want to join, check out the MTFPSO gang's blog here! As for me, I figure there's no better way to get to know my new home of Juneau, Alaska!
This week's theme, chosen by Ellisa was Childhood Classics. I got the memo about it being memories from your childhood/things you want your children to remember too late, so here are photos with that interpretation and from my own. In retrospect, knowing that I should have been shooting photos of things I wanted my children to remember about Juneau would have been helpful in averting strange "Why are you lurking at the edge of the playground photographing my children?" looks from parents afraid I was a pedophile.
Oh, Converse, you are the symbol of childhood for many. I set mine and Kip's next to each other on the dock at Twin Lakes for this photo.
Two classics of childhood in one photo: field trips and utter fascination with bad-smelling things. I woke up one morning this week to find a field trip of elementary schoolers in our neighbor's backyard learning about compost. I knew the teacher had opened the lid to the pile when I heard a chorus of "EEEeeeeeeeeeewwwww..........I WANNA SMELL IT!!"s.
What is more classic to North American childhood than a playground?
This pile of coats brought back so many memories.
"Mary, Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?" This garden beneath the statue of the BVM outside the Catholic cathedral downtown has seen better days, but in the summer it's positively dripping with color!
Kip and I don't have any kids, but we do have an adorable three-month-old niece, Alli. If Alli were to come to Juneau to visit, here's what I would want her to remember:
I would want her to remember its nautical-ness. I've never lived so close to a major body of water before, so I'd want her to remember seeing barnacles underneath the docks and the gray-blue color of glacier runoff water. I would not, however, want her to remember falling into aforementioned water. It's really cold.
I would want her to remember how scenic Juneau is; how a walk through a graveyard like this isn't scary, it's just beautiful and peaceful and quiet.
I would want her to remember that Juneau is in the middle of the Tongass National Rainforest, so when she learns about climates in school, she can say she's been in a rainforest!
I would want her to remember the loving and warm people you find between snowdrifts here, like these friends who got together to celebrate Oktoberfest at our church.
And I would want Alli to remember how big Juneau is. Montana might have a big sky, but Juneau has big everything else--waterways, clouds, mountains....