This post is part of the A-Z Challenge posts. My theme is emotions, this post is where the letter “G” took my mind.
I apologize in advance for the quantity of pictures, narrowing it down was tough. Just know that for every photo I added to this post, there were 20 that didn’t make the cut 😉
When I think of children I think of their good-nature. They aren’t born knowing to discriminate, be cruel, unkind, unloving or even hate. Those are learned behaviors that they are exposed to. As much as we often feel we can teach children, there’s a lot to be said of what we can learn from them. By watching and observing them, it can take us back to a time before life experience contaminated us and we were formed by the beliefs and values of those around us. So in the spirit of remembering our childlike good-nature, I wanted to post about a recent event that took me to visit my inner child.
On Sunday we went for a family stroll along the boardwalk. I love to watch the waves and the surfers that dedicate their day to trying to catch the perfect one. I sat on a bench and watched the waves come and go and played with the girls at the park. As we continued on our walk, we came across a man that had a bucket filled with water and soap and was making bubbles in shapes and sizes I didn’t know existed! There was a small crowd gathered around. People would stop, children ran, and no one could resist the urge to pop the bubbles that the breeze blew their way. As people moved on, more would come and take their place in the crowd and as I looked around there were people of all nationalities, that spoke various different languages, and didn’t know each other gathered around laughing and smiling.
It was so amazing to me that something so simple brought so much joy. Kids of all ages ran around squealing with excitement chasing bubbles. Adults jumped into the air to pop bubbles that the wind carried high above the children’s reach. The gentle breeze carried the contagious laughter far away bringing smiles to the faces of those approaching the crowd that would soon join the fun of indulging in popping some bubbles whether in passing or stopping to relish the moment. One thing that I did notice was that the kids just wanted to pop the bubbles while the adults wanted to see how big they could get. Even I found myself wanting the children to wait a moment before popping them because it was so fascinating to see how large he could make them!
After taking well over 100 photos and making sure to drop plenty of change in his basket, I spoke with the bubble maker for a few moments. His name is Antony and I can only assume from his accent that he’s Italian. He told me that he is soon leaving the island to spread the joy of bubbles to mainland Spain. He is currently living in a small structure on a hilltop. He said that he gets by but that he’s happy. The funny thing I noticed was that he had a smile on his face the whole time! Not just today, I see him often on the boardwalk in different areas around the island and each time, I wonder who is having more fun? Him or the kids? In the end, I think he’s found a way to bring out the childlike good-nature in all of us that pass. It’s pretty hard to walk by and not let a smile creep on your face, between the bubbles and the laughter from the kids you can’t help but perk up your mood.
Thank you Antony for spreading happiness in this unique way!