I start this challenge with a series of pictures taken 10 months ago now, with the arrival of the latest and last addition to my brood of five wonderful boys. Because one of the most beautiful experiences of my (nearly) forty years on this planet has been the enormous privilege of being able to carry and give life to such innocence; such bursting potential, such utter perfection. Each new day with them brings its ups, its downs; its challenges and causes for celebration. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity.
I know I am waxing lyrical, I know I am entering the realms of the over-sentimental, but if a challenge to explore the ways that I find beauty in life doesn’t excuse it, I don’t know what does!
So with no further introduction or explanation, Teddy: brother to Humphrey, Arthur, Wilfred and Bertie; son to me and Jem; utterly beloved of all:
And so concludes my first perception of beauty.