As we find ourselves amidst the holiday season, enjoying the company of family and friends, I also find this to be a time to reflect and look forward. Today’s post is a continuation of our running photoblog series “The Antiques Toad Show“, and although it may be a tad bit brief it is truly meaningful.
At times I tend to be a reflective Toad… I love to look back and recognize the milestones and landmarks that have passed under our flippers over the course of the year, and to look forward to the things are coming. It’s going to be a very exciting and busy 2012 for us here at The Hollow, and the next little while might find us more sporadic than usual in our activities due to a complex move that is currently underway. The move will culminate in a new office with wonderful surroundings, something I am truly looking forward to. Mrs. Toad and myself also find ourselves busy in our personal projects, and all signs point to great successes and wonderful experiences and adventures for the coming year.
As we find ourselves back at the Metchosin Pioneer Museum once again today, we are going to take a look at a single image. One that is full of emotion and wonder, one that really speaks of a time now past and the hope for the future.
We encountered these little boots on our museum visit where our best friends The Mudpuppies and their Dad, The Curator, allowed us complete access to the facility off hours. These were a wonderful find.
Given the age of these little boots, they are in remarkable condition. Wear and weathering are all evident, contributing to the overall character that creates this scene.
Who was the little person who once owned and wore these little boots? Where are they now? Was life all it could be for them? These are all questions we ask ourselves in some manner as we go about our busy modern lives.
Today we’re surrounded by cell phones, satellite TV, game systems, computers, cars that almost drive themselves… these are much more complex times. Back when these boots were new, there were no modern conveniences, there were no TV’s or game systems to entertain the little ones… no, rather, they relied on being surrounded by family and friends, and used to pass the time playing outside or reading. And they would dream of their future. The family they will find and build together, the jobs they will eventually have.
When I was a little tadpole, I used to dream of things now long forgotten… but those dreams all were the foundation of the life I have built here. And a wonderful life it truly is.
So, as the year wraps up and I find myself reflective once again, much like the little one who once owned these boots, I look forward to the new year and all the adventures and excitement it will bring. Here at The Hollow we hope that the same is true for you, we wish you a year filled with wonder and hope and love and excitement.
Thank you ever so kindly for your visit today, we really appreciate it. Please do feel free to leave us any comments you may have as we truly love to hear from all our visitors. We’ve got a lot more to come from the Pioneer Museum in Metchosin, so if you are enjoying this series we welcome you to stay tuned.