Lightly Child, Lightly


  • Photo: “The return of cold temperatures helps to create ideal outdoor skating conditions in Freeport, Maine.” (Robert F. Bukaty, AP, December 26, 2018)
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”


  1. Wow what a picture of a landscape and a child enjoying himself. Awesome.

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  2. floating

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  3. Ditto for me on the memories. We had a vacation home on a lake when I was a kid, and I spent countless hours skating in the cove. This photo took me right back. Winter distilled.

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  4. This photo looks like it was taken from someone’s dream. It has a dreamy magical feel to it.

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  5. Brrreautiful 😊

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  6. That picture is perfection, David.
    Like Sawsan said, it does have a dreamy quality to it.
    And what Canadian child has not skated on a body of frozen water?

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  7. This photograph makes my photographer’s soul glide.Beautiful!

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  8. Freedom, Solitude, Building Mastery, Enjoyment – Whew!

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  9. Thanks for the memory David. That was me, fifty years ago, skating on a frozen Connecticut pond before school in the morning. Figuratively speaking.

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  10. As I peel a “Christmas orange,” that image transports me to my childhood, red-faced and sweaty. Carrying skates tied at my shoulder, walking down the hills of the coulee to the frozen beaver pond on which we’d skate, play hockey and fly!

    Ahh! Thank you

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  11. Telling about my skating experiences wd take too long on the phone…. So let’s leave it. Lovely nostalgic moment (here, not mine!)

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