Therapist: Your parents are worried about you, you know. They’ve brought you to see me because of that. Apparently last week on the beach you would not join in with the sandcastle building but sat apart digging a hole and decorating it with feathers. Your Mum took this picture to show me.
Therapist: I look at this photo and wonder if it means anything. Your Mum thinks it’s because you’re afraid of achievement, fearful of being ambitious and failing. She sees the Greek mythical figure of Icarus represented here, after he’d plummeted to earth. That’s quite an interpretation!
Therapist: Maybe you’re just being awkward, like your Dad says. Wanting to be different from the crowd. Other children build tall sandcastles and so you do the opposite. Actually I think it’s probably lots of things, and a good sign too. Shows you can look inward, and maybe figure things out for yourself.
Therapist: No to what?
Child: None of those things. I want to fly away…I want to be with my Grandmother
Therapist: [pause] And where is she?
Child: In Australia – deep down in the opposite side of the world
Inspired by the Daily Prompt: Photographers, artists, poets: show us CHILDLIKE.