Monday, December 15, 2008

Tough Guy?

This dude looks pretty tough, eh? He’s not. Not even close.

This image may have been reality if the City of Refuge had not been in his future. He was born into a life of homelessness, fear, and abuse. He is now a resident of the City of Refuge Children’s Home in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. He lives a life of love, learning, and spiritual growth.

He deserves an Academy Award for his performance in the photograph above. We were playing a game my son and I came up with years ago. We call it, Happy Face, Sad Face, Mad Face. This is his mad face. A pretty good mad face…but a total fake. A big-time fraud. Check out the real deal below:

Yes, he's a charmer and a bit of a class clown. And he could probably sell ice cubes to an Eskimo. Don’t be surprised if he grows up to be a leader of his country one day. He is an amazing little fellow. And he's being raised by an amazing team of people that are now his family.

3 comments:

Ron said...

Love the pose!!! Even when he's acting tough, you can tell he's got a soft spot...just one of those kids...

Dan Denardo said...

This is one amazing kid, Ron. He calls me Uncle Dan...and when he does, I melt. You saw through his act. I think great photographers are great "see-ers" - you're both.

Jay said...

What a GREAT picture. Phenomonal. I want to meet him.