Weekly Photo Challenge: (Boundaries)

5 Feb
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NEW!  Weekly Photo Challenge: Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog.  To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)”.  This week’s theme is: Boundaries.

I was so tempted to title this blog exactly as instructed, but I wasn’t sure people would get the joke.

I’m no photographer, especially as cameras are pretty technical these days.  The first time I had a mobile phone with a camera, I tried to look through the lens part on the back to take a picture but couldn’t see anything and thought it was broken.

To take part in this new challenge, then, I will trawl the Hub’s catalogue for a photo that matches the theme and blog about it.

See these boys?  They are bound by their circumstances – you’d think: they can’t remember their parents working; they live on benefits on a council estate.  According to the Daily Mail they should be standing on street corners, doing drugs and petty crime and hating the world.

They don’t. 

One is at university; the other on a full scholarship at a private school and heading for university.  They are polite to their parents and help old ladies with their shopping.  Tory Boy has had some sort of job from the age of thirteen: he spent every summer filling in for the holidaying local paper boys and girls, earning a fortune.   He has been a language ambassador, a safe contact for bullied children, deputy head boy, college president.  He wrote and read the eulogy at the funeral of a dear friend.  He helped an MP get elected and this summer he interned in the Houses of Parliament.

Spud is a popular member of his class and even with his teachers.  He has ten-hour days and takes two buses to school and two back.  He was elected to his student council but didn’t stand for re-election because politics is all about ‘talking and talking and nothing gets done.’  He knows his own mind.

Motherly pride aside, my point is that the only boundaries we have are those we allow to grow up around us.  I don’t care what jobs my boys do, so long as they do it to their best of their ability.  Life is what you make it and anyone can rise above their circumstances if they determined enough.  History is littered with people who did just that.  There are no boundaries: only self-imposed limits.

15 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: (Boundaries)”

  1. vivinfrance February 5, 2011 at 10:29 #

    Three cheers for Tilly and no boundaries, and an extra one for Spud’s superb definition of politics.


    • Tilly Bud February 5, 2011 at 12:49 #

      Now I just have to suit my actions to my words…


  2. gigihawaii February 5, 2011 at 12:01 #

    What a beautiful testimonial to your sons! I should do one to my daughters.


    • Tilly Bud February 5, 2011 at 12:49 #

      Everyone should! I don’t understand parents who are embarrassed to boast about their children.


  3. sunshineinlondon February 5, 2011 at 12:04 #

    I love this take on boundaries, Tilly. Boundaries are what we allow them to be.
    I can understand your motherly pride.
    Sunshine xx


  4. viewfromtheside February 5, 2011 at 13:58 #

    THey reallyknow how to stand out from others, don’t they?


  5. Chloe February 5, 2011 at 15:22 #

    Hi Tilly – this post is awesome. I love your take on boundaries and I agree with you.

    I grew up on a council estate (and still live on one) and have met many narrow minded people in the world who have initially presumed I would be unable to string a sentence together, whilst at the same time, stealing their handbags.

    Stereotypes and boundaries are indeed a dangerous thing…thing is, they can sometimes be self-imposed too xx


    • Tilly Bud February 6, 2011 at 18:24 #

      That’s an important point you make, there.


  6. Cindy February 5, 2011 at 18:20 #

    You clever, clever girl, brilliant take on the challenge!


  7. frizztext February 6, 2011 at 07:54 #

    we were linked automatically together by Zemanta at
    yes, I’ve joined the weekly-photo-challenges too!


  8. Jenny Cutler February 16, 2011 at 14:36 #

    I love your theme. A great spot for the photo challenge.

    Where is your subscribe button? Jenny Cutler


    • Tilly Bud February 16, 2011 at 18:37 #

      Thanks for your visit and comment 🙂 The button should be second widget on the right at the top.



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