My oldest son was looking at a picture on my bookshelf. He incorrectly said that his grandmother had changed. She looks different, he said.

I told him that he was looking at my aunt, not my mother. They favor one another if you look at certain pictures from certain times, but they don’t look alike really.

Bryce made a small error. His brain is learning how to size things up, how to take shortcuts, how to see things that are there even when they’re not altogether present. His error was forgivable.

You’ll always name the wrong person if they’re not the one in the picture. You’ll always see something through the eyes you’ve seen them. Until you learn how to observe, how to envision, and how to see.

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