Humans and Donkeys, Timeless Connection

Jon and the donkeys

I didn’t see it when I took the picture, but when I posted it yesterday, I noticed the body language between Jon and the donkeys, how they were mirroring each other.  But then Elizabeth left this comment on my blog…

“Wow Maria, this is a powerful photo. The weirdest thing is I don’t recognize Jon in it, he looks like a 40-something man to me. I keep trying to see him but I just see this younger but weary “everyman”.   Thank you for the donkey wisdom.”

I thought it interesting, but then forgot about it, until I saw Barbara and Barb’s comments on my blog this morning.

They both agreed with Elizabeth that Jon looked years younger and Barbara wondered if it had anything to do with Jon’s recent encounter with, who he thought might be an angel. (He wrote about it on his blog you can read it here).

So I looked at the picture again, and weirdly, I can see just what they mean.  Jon looks in the photo like he did in some of the pictures I’ve seen of him at old Bedlam Farm before I knew him.

The thought that came to me was that at that moment, Jon and the donkeys had formed a timeless connection.  A connection that transcends time.   Humans and donkeys have been living and working together for thousands of years.  Maybe that’s what we’re seeing in the photo.

As for the angel, I think of angels as being moments more than beings.  Even if they seems to appear that way to us a people.  For me angels are enchanted moments.

So Jon’s experience, in the store buying water,  makes sense to me in that way.  And so does the moment I captured in this photo.


2 thoughts on “Humans and Donkeys, Timeless Connection

  1. I have no idea if this photo was after or before the angel encounter. But such interesting follow-up. Something is going on.

    I love how you describe angels. It isn’t always a person. One time I saw a “chunk” of a perfect rainbow in the sky with no rain before, during or after. Like someone just lifted a piece out and forward to say “look, it can happen anytime anyplace anyway”

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