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Once,  When I Was Little by tori yule

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My daughter, 11 and her cousin, 2 sharing a magic moment of trust. Childhood dreams are so fleeting. We must give them every opportunity to play in the dirt, pretend, trust, and believe in the goodness of their world.

Taken July 2010
Byron Lake
Sayville, New York
United States

I was the one who would always jump in first
I didn’t think twice to look behind
Got such a good feeling
Just from playing in the dirt
Once, when I was little

I could dream more then

And I’d believe more then
That the world would only get better
I could be free more then
I could pretend more then
That this life could only show me good times
Once, when I was little

I used to feel so strong
Even when they’d tell me
Tell me I was wrong
That I can’t live in a magic world
Coz it’s time for me grow up
And I’ve got to live like the rest of them
And I know things have been lost

I could pretend more then
And I could believe more then
That the world it would only get better
I could believe more then
And I could pretend more then
That this life it would only show me good times
Once, when I was little

So here comes the next one
Next in line
Stay as young as you can
For the longest time
Coz those days flew by
Like a breeze just passing through
Once, when I was little
~James Morrison

Nikon D70
Edited in PS CS 5
Textures by
Shadowhouse Creations

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  • sandra .
    sandra .over 3 years ago

    Such a thoughtful image Tori and I love the James Morrision Lyrics :)
    Best wishes

  • thank you Sandra, I appreciate your comment. I love the lyrics also.

    – tori yule

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsover 3 years ago

    beautiful work Tori,

  • thank you Clare!

    – tori yule

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandover 3 years ago

    Very sweet and great selection of accompanied writing.

  • Thank you Mike, these two are so very sweet and have a special relationship. I just love watching them together. I appreciate your comments as always.

    – tori yule

  • nadine henley
    nadine henleyover 3 years ago

    you are so good at capturing these amazing fleeting moments, tori! this is so beautiful

  • Thank you for that, Nadine. I’m happy when I do get a shot like this that shows their emotions. These moments are so fleeting, it’s so bittersweet that they must grow up.

    – tori yule

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    What a tender moment. The sad irony of James Morrison’s words—forever young.

  • Thank you Jan, for your nice comment on this. It is a sad irony, this song. Even though I love who they are now, I miss who they were when they were babies.

    – tori yule

  • Joseph T. Meirose IV
    Joseph T. Meir...over 3 years ago

    A beautiful and, undoubtedly, sentimental photograph. Precious.

  • Very sentimental Joe, as I’m sure you know when you look at pictures of your kids. Thank you for your kind comment my friend.

    – tori yule

  • Gary  Davey (Jordy2010)
    Gary Davey (J...over 3 years ago

    Beautiful and emotional image Tori, wonderful composition and light. Well done :)

  • Thanks so much Jordy, Your comment is so nice and I appreciate that!

    – tori yule

  • enchantedImages
    enchantedImagesover 3 years ago

    Such true words…….sigh.
    Lovely photo to accompany them, Tori.
    - Bobbi

  • Thank you Bobbi, I agree that this song is sad in a way and very true, too. I appreciate your comment on my kids, it means a lot to me.

    – tori yule

  • Jessica Jenney
    Jessica Jenneyover 3 years ago

    So beautiful and poignant, Tori!

  • Thank you Jessica, it is heartfelt and I’m glad you thought so, too.

    – tori yule

  • JanT
    JanTover 3 years ago

    Heh. I thought of Jim Morrison and the Doors, rather than James Morrison of Undiscovered fame!

  • Forever young fit into the message, here, so I really didn’t think twice about it. Both great songs. I hope you have a beautiful, frost filled holiday, Jan. and a creative New year.

    – tori yule

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