365 Snap Shots of Life: Day 88

The Stage

Have you ever felt like you’re the one everyone depends on for seemingly everything? You’re the one people try out their best ย and worst lines on. You’re the one they leap, twirl, tip-toe, prance ย and dance on. You’re covered will all sorts ofย scuff-marksย and scratches. There are days you don’t feel special; in fact you have days when you’re so exhausted that you just lay there.

Welcome to that part of life I’ve come to embrace and dubbed “The Stage”.

If you’re a parent you’re acquainted with being the stage for your kids. You’re the one they try their best and worst lines on. You’re the one they try their firsts on; from crawling, to first steps, then jumping, running and eventually dancing. You’re covered with all sorts of scuff-marks and scratches but you keep going nonetheless because out of those, you know dreams are launched. And, as parents we all have days when we feel overlooked, ignored and forgotten. The activity continues though because you know the show must go on.

You know that at the end of the performance you’ll get no credit. The actors will be lauded. The director and his crew will receive pats on their backs. The lights will shine but you’re underneath it all. Still you don’t care because when you’re called to be the stage, you know that without you, they won’t have a place to stand on. Without you dreams won’t come true. Much is said about great performances; little is ever mentioned about the stages they played on. It takes great confidence to be a stage. You must have a firm grasp on yourself; a knowing that you are a vital part of the show’s success.

When the lights go out and the audience goes home, you’ll just lay there, quietly fulfilled, resting for the next performance.

-Eva Santiago 2012

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365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 61

Reading is fundamental to a good education. Homeschooling allows kids to explore the wonderful world of books on their own and at leisure. I’ve yet to meet a home schooled kid who says they hate reading. On the other hand, I’ve met countless of public school kids that hate reading and they associate reading with school only. I once had a small group of my kid’s friends over at my house and they asked me what I was working on. I told them I was writing my first book and they wanted to know more about it. I had an excerpt of the book printed out and I asked them if they’d like me to read some. There were some takers, and others said,” But this isn’t school.” WOW! that was an eye opener for me back then. I find it amazing that in many homes today, people have more shelves filled with DVDs than with books. I know about the Kindle and all of those devices that can store a gazillion books. However ย I still believe nothing beats the feel of holding a book in your hands and turning the pages. ย  Get ahold of that book you’ve been putting off and read it today!

Let's Read!

-Eva Santiago copyright 2012

365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 50

I have several muses and among them are my 4 extremely photogenic kids. Around my home I call them camera hogs, they don’t mind because it’s true. I long to have a very nice camera one day. For now, I keep using what I have. I am one of those people who is more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. One of my daughters always insists on taking my picture and I let her because she’s right in what she says,” Mama, how are we going to remember you when there are hardly any pictures of your around?” So I sigh and I let her shoot me ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish you a happy Sunday!!

-Eva Santiago copyright 2012

WHEN THE CHILDREN CRY- White Lion

little child
dry your crying eyes
how can I explain
the fear you feel inside
cause you were born
into this evil world
where man is killing man
and no one knows just why
what we have become
just look what we have done
all that we destroyed
you must build again

when the children cry
let them know we tried
cause when the children sing
then the new world begins

365 Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 48

ย – EVA SANTIAGO copyright 2012

When You Wish Upon A Star lyrics

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dream
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue

Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
The sweet fulfillment of
Their secret longing

Like a bolt out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through
When you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true

[ From : http://www.elyrics.net/read/d/disney-lyrics/when-you-wish-upon-a-star-lyrics.html ]

Snap Shots Of Life Blog Challenge Day: 47

When my son turned 12 he received a desert tortoise. One of our neighbors learned of myย son’s fascination with such creatures and he gave it to him. A few days later someone stole Snap from our front porch where we kept him. That was a sad day for my son and even though he was a good sport about it ย he never got over it.

This past Saturday our next door neighbors found a desert tortoise in their front yard and they gave him to my son. I was so happy for him. So todays’ picture isย a tribute to our new family member, Chucho.

 

CHUCHO

 

Snap Shots of Life Blog Challenge: Day 46

HOOVER DAM BRIDGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION

I enjoy capturing the before and after of things. I took this photo of the Mike O’Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial bridge as it was going up. The next photo is a limited view of the finished project. One freaky thing about this bridge is that when there is a lot of traffic on it, you can feel the bridge sway a little under your feet. I’m not sure if it’s the sensation of being so high up or maybe its all in my head. One thing is certain, when my kids and I go to look at it, we can’t wait to get back down to firm ground.

Mike O'Callaghan Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge

-Eva Santiago copyright 2012