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Day 19~ March 19th~ Egypt

The great sphinx at Giza

The more we find out about history the less we actually know…

The Great Sphinx in the Giza plateau, original purpose unknown, original name unknown, actual construction date unknown, and despite all that, one of the largest and oldest statues in the world stands proudly looking at us, impressing us and challenging us to find out more. It is so daunting to look at that I am not surprised the arabs call it “Abū al Hūl”, (father of terror). 

No matter how much we know about history, how much information we have gathered, and how certain we are about our theories, the largest part of the puzzle remains unsolved, and yet it begs our investigation.

Day Sixty Eight, March 31, 2011

 

Retro kite

 

Fengzheng 风筝 —Kite, was first invented in China as early as 500 BC, and was originally made out of wood, and later out of bamboo and paper.

They have been used for sending messages, distributing propaganda, and even some were large enough to carry people on them for war strategic purposes.

Nowadays, the main purpose of kits is play, and in the case of some photographers, to carry cameras for bird’s-eye views. During a nice day in Shanghai, the kites fill the sky.

Children, adults, old people, all are flying kites. There is even a kite festival in Shandong province in April that I dream of one day attending!

But flight in all forms is so exhilarating to us humans, whether it is brief while on a swing,  carried between 2 parents in pretend flight as a toddler, bungee jumping, parachuting, paragliding, pretending to be superman, or having a flying dream; we just wish we could do it.

Maybe part of us on some level can fly…

Day Fifty Five, March 18, 2011

Yes, they can have attitude at almost 7!

When they are babies, they cry for obvious reasons, hunger, discomfort or illness.

Then they get older and they learn that tears are also something they can use in their daily theater.

They start to cry for attention, cry to test their limits, cry to protest your parenting decision, cry to influence you emotionally,

or they simply cry because they like to see things differently through the drops of salty water in their eyes and they just find that fascinating as my daughter confessed today after her time out!

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