Showing Up

She looked at me with those big brown eyes of hers. So softly sweet. So vulnerable. So trusting. So honest.

I smiled. She smiled back.

I nodded my head. She nodded too.

And somehow - I knew. She on her four feet..and me on my two. We're the same. We're two steps forward into the new and one step back into the safety of the old. We're - one minute oh so very brave..and the next - afraid of our own shadow.

I raised my camera. She met my gaze. One part part defiance. I can do this - I thought I heard her say. I can stand here and pose for this photographer's photograph. I can show up for me.

With the click of the shutter - she ran away. Disappearing into the comfort of the dark forest.