DP: Learning

Ok, so let’s see what I’ve learned this year.

When I was a child…

When I was really little I learned quickly that sleep time was a communal event.
Here I am with my siblings, catching a few zzz’s. That’s me at the bottom of the frame.

On my second day here I learned the word ubiquitous and applied it to the camera man.
Truth is, it’s very hard to find any privacy around here. 

The man with the camera is always there

‘The Look’

Sometimes, when they’re at their most eccentric, it’s useful to be able to find an appreciative gleam.

It humours them and makes them feel important.  

Sometimes, of course, the smile is genuine and there ain’t thing one you can do to stop it.
But there are still times when it is useful to be able to manufacture the validity.

Sort of a genuine creation, if you will. 

Happy boy

Sometimes one must be circumspect

And then there are those times when a certain detachment is called for – such as when derogatory remarks or bad jokes fly.

 There just ain’t no call for such hi jinx, Lord!

A big lesson came when they took the fences down, because that’s when I learned that they didn’t actually mean that I was free to go anywhere. 

That was an important first lesson in duplicity. 

“I can’t sit here?”

Note to self: calm down

I also learned that it is ok to be sedate from time to time. People say they like a lot of energy, but believe me, this is overstated.

Once you tire them out (quite quickly, actually) they get really cranky.

Finally, I’ve learned that no matter how good you feel, or how much self esteem you think you have, the people in your life can undo all your good work in the twinkling of an eye.

With almost no effort whatsoever, a good day can be blown clean apart by kindness. 

O brother


About James McDonall

I believe in laughing, especially at yourself, and as often possible. I believe in "live and let live". I believe that communication is the foundation of all our solutions. I believe that listening is more important than speaking, and that speaking should always serve the cause of listening. View all posts by James McDonall

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