The rooms that carry children through high school are obsolete after college whether it's been one semester or four years. No matter the time away, the lessons learned change our children. What was important, previously essential, has been rearranged. There is a new independence, a certain seriousness about life. Perhaps the realization that the real world awaits truly settles in.
As Emily gets older, I see the excitement in her eyes, coupled with a nervous wariness. She wants to travel, wants to save every lost animal, wants to make a difference somewhere, somehow. She is only 18 but has travelled across the US and Canada and has been to the jungles of Thailand. She has seen more than most do in a lifetime. But right now, she wants to be home.
With Emily's decision to return home and pursue school locally, it was time to update her room in preparation. Gone are the bright pink walls, the high school mementoes, and homecoming mums. Old furniture has been moved out and a spa blue pallet now serves as a backdrop to house her one true love: tigers, big and small.
I was going to make the bed before taking this picture but Emily's neurotic cat wouldn't let me near the bed. It's as if he knows she is away at school and he guards her bed until she returns. He thinks he's a tiger, as if the painting on the wall is his self-portrait. He believes if he acts fierce no one will know how much he misses Emily. He doesn't understand we've all been doing that for months.
LOVE & SMALL TIGERS