Friday, May 14, 2010

Self-Portrait Friday...

One of the biggest things to happen recently is the introduction of the kittens into my life. For me, they symbolize setting down roots and the creation of my own home. It's hard to describe this happiness, this contentment. I guess it stems from years of watching other people buy houses, have children, have pets... do the things that grownups do. People were taking responsibility and I was this strange shadow blowing around in the wind. Sure, I was invited to share in these experiences of others, but never was it really mine. I was living vicariously, always an outsider playing at house.

So, besides being cute, cuddly companions... Babette and Paulo are symbols of my own home, of being here.

18 comments:

moonlitfantaseas said...

I like this picture of you and your fur babies, they are really cute

*jean* said...

congratulations! babette and paulo are beautiful and i hope you enjoy them as much as i have enjoyed my cats through the years...they really are incredible creatures.

Mary Ann Carroll said...

That is really touching....I am a big pet lover and my home wouldn't be a home without my dogs drooling all over, begging me to throw the ball for them and thinking I'm the best thing on this planet! They let me know every day when I walk in the door from teaching. I think you will really enjoy them...They are precious!

Rachel said...

this is your best portrait/photo yet! so calming...

Melissa Meman said...

Hey Andrew...I only know you from blog posts, and even that only a few months, but I know enough to see how loving you can be and little kittens are so sweet! I have my sweet Felix (orange tabby that has been in my house for 15ish years). He is "Uncle Felix" to my son, almost 9 yrs...perfect, sweet pet to the family. Congrats, Dad!

Jamar said...

I am smitten with your wee ones. I love your portraits. And I'm delighted for you to have a sense of HOME!!!!

*jean* said...

i came back again because i had to say that i thought your post was the sweetest post i've seen in a long while...thank you for being vulnerable

Softflexgirl said...

I love this one. It looks very much like you are nesting. Fun!

stregata said...

FANTASTIC self portrait! Love this! And the kitties - so, so sweet! Love on furry little paws.

Davinia said...

Beautiful self portrait Andrew.

Jeannie said...

OMG She has your eyes!
Caring and nurturing for someone else is one of the best parts of being a grown-up. You'll have to take another picture of the wee one when he gets a little bigger.
I have four rescue cats. UGH

Nicki said...

Happy to see that they make you feel good. Lovely self-portrait too.

TesoriTrovati said...

That is beautiful and makes me so happy for you. (I like cats in theory, but I am allergic).

What makes me most happy is your description of HOME. That makes me smile from ear to ear!
Enjoy the day, Andrew!
Erin

nina said...

i SO love this portrait, andrew, and agree with everyone that it is very calm and peaceful. animals do that to us, don't they? especially when they are tired (i say this because i have a wild puppy). i don't know what i would be without a dog in my life, particularly now that i have raised the boys and they are out on their own.
thank you so very much for being a part of self portrait friday with me; i have enjoyed your portraits every single week.
sending love - xo

Carol said...

Hi Andrew, thanks for visiting my page and I'm pleased you liked the NZ photos. This is a beautiful portrait of you and your kitten. I know I will enjoy seeing the grow up as I read your blog.

Jean Hutter said...

Andrew this is an awesome picture - love it.

Zoe Nelson said...

Great photo, Andrew. Love the little jelly bean toes!

Lynn said...

I keep coming back and looking at this picture -- it's got some surrealism going, esp. where the like white eyebrows of the kitty fan out over you eye. It's a really great shot!!!