Posts Tagged ‘Family Values’
In this day and age, violence is taking our cities by storm. Most of our newspapers, magazines, radio stations, and TV programs are plagued with different categories of violence. The cause of this violence is complex. There are no easy answers to end the malaise. I have one suggestion though—going back to traditional family values.
We are trying very hard to help “The Twisters” grow as healthy as possible. In order to consolidate family values within The Twisters’ family, we thought it was a good idea to give them a game of Backgammon and Chess so they could play with their parents.
I was a lousy Chess player, but Abdiel has a good mind and absorbs information like a sponge. His father also has a knack for strategy games.
Below are several pictures of chess pieces which I captured before turning over the game to The Twisters. Here we go.
I can’t emphasize enough the importance of spending time with your kids. The family is the backbone of our societies. We have to stop the alarming rates of divorces, leaving behind confused kids bouncing back and forth like ping-pong balls. Practicing traditional family values is a good start. Good Day.
Posted in Photography, tagged Birthday Party, Children, Chinese Philosopher, Family, Family Values, Festivities, Lao-tzu, Paola, Photographs, Photography, Pink Color, The Twisters on August 11, 2012 | 7 Comments »
Yesterday was Thursday, August 9, 2012. It was a happy day for the Twister’s family. Paola, the smallest of the bunch, reached her first birthday. Their parents were busy like squirrels organizing a party to celebrate the occasion. Early morning they came with Paola to take her picture taken. Somehow I’ve become the “Official Photographer” of the family. I’m glad to accept the distinction.
After Paola was meticulously dressed in delicate pink, I started the photo session. This is what came out of my Canon DSLR EOS Rebel T2i camera. Here we go.
Happy Birthday Paola. “A journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.”—Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC). Good Day.
Paola, the youngest of the three Twisters, came last week to the house for a brief visit. She was hungry, so my wife hastily prepared some mashed ripe plantains and eased her hunger.
While she was being fed by my wife with a small spoon, I saw the scene in my head, and thought it would make a good picture; so I dashed to my home office and fetched my Birthday Camera.
This is what I captured for posterity. When Paola grows up, she can go back in time and see with her own eyes how she was fed one lazy Sunday morning. As Stuart Spipahigil once wrote, “Photographs are moments, pieces of time that are captured to look at again and again.” Here we go.
One of the plane which was highly visited during the airshow at the former Howard Air Force Base, was a bulky military troops plane. There were long lines of parents with their children waiting in line under a torrid tropical sun. It was a pleasant sight to see the kids posing for their parents when they entered the plane. I can’t emphasize enough the benefits of sharing experiences with your family. The children will never forget it, even when they grow up. Usually they will follow the same pattern of sharing experiences with their own kids.
Below are several pictures of the people visiting a military aircraft and the swarm of people waiting in line to enter the plane. Take a look.
The visitors entered the aircraft from the back and exited from the front. There were cameras everywhere. It was interesting to point out that many parents were taking pictures with their cellphones. That’s a new trend in Panama.
This is a nice English word very similar to “saludo” in Spanish. A salute has several meanings. It could be a formal military gesture of respect, like the one the kids were doing, or to greet somebody in a friendly way. Example: “I meet this man every day on my way to work and he always salutes me.”
Another word to add to the list. This makes me a happy man with a warm smile on my face. It’s nice and warm outside, and the smell of home-made coffee is in the air. Breakfast is almost ready. Good Day.
I’ll bet his parents have kvelled frequently about him, being so cute. He certainly looks as cute as a button in this picture. He has a demeanor of a Royal Highness with his McDonald’s paper crown and walking straight as an arrow.
I used the word “kvelled” on purpose for this blog post. In my quest to learn the English language, I try to add as many words to my personal vocabulary as I possibly can. At least one or two new words a day. In order to remember them, I try to use new words in my own sentences. That way they will belong to me if I use them often enough. They have been internalized. At least that’s what I think.
If you have not encountered this word before, let me share with you its meaning. Kvell is an intransitive verb—it can be used without an object. It’s definition is to be extraordinarily pleased, especially to be bursting with pride, as over one’s family. For example: “Critics kvelled over the violinist’s triumphant return to the stage where she made her debut many years ago.”
The word “kvell” is derived from Yiddish “kveln,” meaning “to be delighted,” which, in turn, comes from the Middle High German word “quellen,” meaning “to well, gush, or swell.” Yiddish has been a wellspring of creativity for English, giving us such delightful words as “meister” (“one who is knowledgeable about something”), “maven” (“expert”), and “shtick” (“one’s special activity”), just to name a few.
The date for the appearance of “kvell” in the English language is tricky to pinpoint exactly. The earliest known printed evidence for the word in an English source, is found in a 1952 handbook of Jewish words and expressions, but actual usage evidence before that date remains unseen.
And now you know why a parent would kvell over a regal kiddo like the one in the picture. I know I would. Good Day.