May 3, 2017

This animated short made me laugh and cry — I hope you’ll watch it! I am distracted like this a thousand times a day. Hahahaha! It is also my children as I’ve been discussing (giggling, shhh!) about my Yittle’s drawings on her morning math worksheets and as my son polishes up his first fantasy novel while studying for finals. Silly, wonderful, children! It’s such a blessing to see beauty in the midst of mundane and to hear it even over the din. Thank you, Jonathan Thompson for sending me this — you made my day joyful! Spreading it around. 😉

“Alike” is an animated short film directed by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

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  • Reply Gilmar May 3, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I once saw a man turn gray and my life turned gray as well. Since then, I’ve promised myself to keep my little ones’ colors bright and By doing so, my colors come back to me, just like in that short film. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story!

    • Reply kalebrakelby May 3, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Blessings, Gilmar. 😘❤️☺️

  • Reply Clinton Ferrara May 3, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Wow. So moving and emotional.

    • Reply kalebrakelby May 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

      Exactly what I thought, Clinton. Glad you liked it. 🙂

  • Reply Carolyn Fahm May 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    This was beautifully done. It made me wistful, because life can be both beautiful and terribly, terribly hard. Keeping the former in mind while goin through the latter is the lesson I got from this incredible work of art.

    • Reply kalebrakelby May 4, 2017 at 3:42 pm

      Of course, you’re right on both counts, Carolyn. I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

  • Reply Nikki May 5, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing that, Kalebra! That was incredibly hopeful and sad at the same time. Interesting how people gleam different messages from it. (On another note, so glad to see you posting regularly again, I was missing your photos and stories :-)).

    • Reply kalebrakelby May 8, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Hahaha! Nikki, I find it interesting how everything gets interpreted differently. And, I’m so happy to be able to post again — thank you for coming back — it’s good to hear from you. 🙂

  • Reply Averil Hall May 5, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    What a lovely short film. Short but so lasting. It is something like this to remind myself to look for the colours everyday and not focus on the grey. Some days the greys can be overwhelming and it is hard to see the colours unless you take the time to do so. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply kalebrakelby May 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Averil. Have a wonderful, colorful, day! 😉

  • Reply Erica May 8, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Wow. That is powerful. Especially the end when everyone else is still gray. I saw that happen with myself. Public school did a marvelous job of sucking all the creativity and fun out of me. I didn’t want to see that happen to my daughter so she’s always been homeschooled. I haven’t been able to totally keep the color in her, so to speak, but a lot better than if she hadn’t been. (Not that I’m totally knocking public school. It’s just not for everyone.) Thank you so much for sharing.

    • Reply kalebrakelby May 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

      You’re so welcome, Erica — happy you enjoyed it — I loved it too. Every family has their own unique dynamic and it’s wonderful when you get to work within that. Love and hugs to you and Happy Mother’s Day!

  • Reply Deb May 20, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Wow! The arts are so important to all of us! I hope that no politician, now, or in the future, reduces the dollars spent on art education. It is so important to practice an art to give life some balance. As it can be a catalyst to great ideas and solutions.

    Everyone should make time for pencils, pens, brushes, keys, strings, pixels, or whatever suits your fancy!

    Thanks for sharing Kalebra! 😘

    • Reply kalebrakelby May 20, 2017 at 7:45 am

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Deb — I always consider it a gift when I am reminded of the child artist inside. Have a lovely day. 🙂

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