As evidenced by the sweat on Kemp’s brow, it was a hot day at Big Talbot Island when I took this picture of him in his live oak “fort.” Although he went through a bit of a rough patch at the beginning of the year, since then he’s been everything we thought he could be in more. Although we never doubted that he was a great kid, his attitude and outlook on life has changed for the better in ways that we could not even imagine. He still has his moments, but then he is a six-year-old boy.
I love taking him to Big Talbot Island, selfishly because I can take pictures of him candidly as he plays amongst the live oaks, but I enjoy watching him in the outdoors getting sandy and wet while he chases the sand fleas and the ghost crabs among the huge driftwood trees. He’s a cautious little guy, but he is become more comfortable climbing the trees which only rise about five feet from the sand at their highest.
I am incredibly proud of the little boy he’s becoming, and I am constantly amazed at the way his brain works in the capacity of his memory and his intelligence. He has a fascination for music, and I am always blown away when I hear his little fingers on the piano. His newest number that he practices without prompting is “Ode to Joy.” Out of the blue, I will hear the opening notes slowly at first and picking up steam as he becomes more comfortable. They are instantly recognizable, and his natural year for rhythm and tonality fascinates me as much as the music fascinates him.
This photograph shows a little bit his curiosity, but it is impossible to capture the depths thereof. The questions he asks are genuine and delving beneath the surface. When he asks “why,” he is genuinely curious of the answer, and the questions usually go to the very mechanics of the universe in his life. I don’t know what he will become, whether lawyer, or musician, or doctor, or professor – the world lies open before him, and his curiosity will lead him to places that none of us can imagine.