The photo topic for this week's "52 Weeks" photo topic project is
Mikayla loves her bear.
The heart shaped cookies are love.
But what is love, really?
How can I speak to this theme?
I have had Mikayla since 2009.
Since that time, she fell and chipped her nose on an outing,
and ended up being left on a shelf for years.
I cleaned her up, but she remains put away to keep her clean
and prevent an accelerated aging process.
Wabi Sabi is the art of loving the imperfect.
So yes, her nose has been buffed and her resin has aged.
But, I still love her.
Her adventures and aging are a part of my life,
and her life with me.
She is not a flawed doll to send to live with someone else,
or to replace with a newer model.
I gave her my heart, and she seems surprised.
If you love something, it will become worn.
If you play with it, it may become scratched or broken in some way.
If you keep it in a box or on some covered shelf, it will still age,
but you will never know more than the happiness of owning it.
You will have an investment, but it will never be real in your heart and in your imagination.
I looked more closely.
I found her spare hands in the box, where they have been kept clean in a dark place.
It is noticeable that she has aged, but it isn't as bad as I thought.
The photos on the left were taken with the flash.
The photos on the right are indirect afternoon natural light.
If I can love and accept a normal aging process,
I just might see more of my old friend, Mikayla.