#writephoto — The Forest for the Trees

132116e7-f536-491f-b49e-6d3f0c1d9014“That is absolutely fantastic,” Ellen said as she and her son were on their way to do some shopping at their local mall.

“What is, Mom?” Jimmy asked.

Ellen pointed to the wall. “That is,” she said. “It is so artistic, so expressive. The genius of the person who created it is truly amazing.”

“Uh, Mom,” Jimmy said, “I think you’re going a little overboard in your enthusiasm. It seems pretty straightforward to me.”

“Straightforward?” Ellen exclaimed. “You take after your father, don’t you? Just like him, you fail to see the beauty and artistry that is all around us. How can you see that,” she said, pointing again to the wall, “and not feel a sense of wonder? How does it not stir your imagination, heighten your senses, and elevate your spirit?”

“What are you talking about, Mom?” Jimmy asked. “It’s just a sign. And it’s kind of funny, actually.”

“Yes, it is a sign,” Ellen said. “It’s a sign from God. It’s a sign that speaks to the talent, artistry, and grace He has imbued in us. It’s a celebration of His love for us. There’s nothing funny about it. It’s a thing of beauty. It’s inspirational.”

“Mom,” Jimmy said, shaking his head. “It’s a sign that has two cartoon-like cars facing each other. It says, ‘Please Park Bumper-to-Bumper.’”

“I’m talking about the mural painted on the wall,” Ellen said, “not about the damn parking sign. You are so like your father. You can’t see the forest for the trees.” she added, as she stalked off in the direction of the mall.

“Whatever,” Jimmy sighed under his breath, running to catch up with his mother.

Written for Sue Vincent’s Thursday Photo Prompt.

27 thoughts on “#writephoto — The Forest for the Trees

  1. oneletterup January 17, 2019 / 3:54 pm

    That is a great take on the image. I didn’t even notice the sign until it’s mentioned in the story! Very clever.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Marleen January 17, 2019 / 4:31 pm

    I enjoyed the story, and the photo/mural.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 17, 2019 / 6:17 pm

      I’ll take credit for the story. Sue Vincent gets credit for the photo.


  3. Sadje January 18, 2019 / 2:23 am

    Aww, poor guy. Guys are like that. Missing the obvious! 🤣😛

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 18, 2019 / 9:12 am

      Depends upon whether you’re walking or driving and need to park your car, I suppose. 🤔

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marleen January 18, 2019 / 2:20 pm

        Good pitch for walking and smelling the roses.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango January 20, 2019 / 11:43 am

      Some see art in signs, some see art on walls.


  4. memadtwo January 20, 2019 / 12:19 pm

    Always a new source for cross-generational exasperation…(K)

    Liked by 1 person

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