Unexpected Lunch Break Excursion

During my lunch break today, I decided to take a detour and go into a gift store down the street from Poynter. I was immediately drawn to a row of cards that featured poignant photographs of people. Somehow, the cards made me feel connected to the people in the photos, even though I obviously don’t know them.

Words started flooding my mind, and I felt compelled to write. Photos do that to me, turning on my mental carburetor and fueling my passion for the written word. So, I spent the $8 and bought the cards, slipping in a Winnie the Pooh card as well. After work, I headed to the bookstore. Surrounded by Gabriel Garcia Marquez books, I looked at the cards and free wrote. I often joke with my friends that I’m a “newsroom nerd.” I’ll admit, maybe all this sounds “nerdy,” but heck, if you’re stressed, tired or in a writing mood, this is a pretty cool exercise.

I had difficulty uploading the photos I took of the cards, so until my computer stops being so slow, I’m going to just write the words that came to mind when I looked at the cards:

Card with photo of a child with the quote: “To know the beauty of the clouds and wishes and wagons filled with dreams we must see through the eyes of a child.” — Curiosity, fervor, passion, insight, wonder, energy, life.

Card with photo of a sleeping baby lying on its back — Peace, innocence, serenity, comfort, joy.

Card with a little girl on the beach, covering her mom’s eyes — Childhood, special bond, fun, relaxing, longing, sacrifice.

Card with a little girl kissing/holding onto the cheeks of a little boy — Friendship, love, cuteness, bravery/courage, concentration, focus.

Card with image of Winnie the Pooh holding Piglet’s hand with the quote: “My very favorite things are small things.” — Connection, friendship, loyalty, joy, protection, simplicity.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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