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the intense resignation this little girl projected when she saw me taking this photo reminded me vividly of my own childhood, the feeling of loneliness, powerlessness, awkwardness when time stood still, the incomprehension for the adult concerns and motives, their whims and violence.

in just a fleeting moment she told me how impatient she is of growing up, leaving the unjust world of arbitrary decisions, when she'd finally be in charge, how better she'd make it for her own child, she won't be like them, she thinks.

i'm on the other side now, and i still have illusions of being in control, and facing the same stare from my own flesh and blood.

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Taken on August 4, 2007