Me, My Selfie, and Someone Else


When I first heard “selfie” was the Oxford Dictionary’s “Word of the Year” for 2013, it struck me as odd. I remember first hearing the word from my tween grand-niece. I grinned and shook my head. Young, beautiful, fit, self-absorbed. Yep, no surprise there. Typical tween.

But the word for the Weekly Photo Challenge? Really? Isn’t selfie reserved for the above? The last thing I want is my façade out there for the world to see! Family and friends is one thing. But the great big internet world? No way!


You see, I am a grandmother. And has it escaped anyone’s notice the whole-hearted near-absence of grandmother selfies? Think about it. Can you really imagine a group of grandmothers taking selfies and plastering them all over the Internet?

I think it’s partly because we’re a bit more private. But let’s face it. Since most of us do not fit the above adjectives, we remain nearly absent on this self-portraiture that has taken the world by storm. (For heaven’s sake, even world leaders take selfies!)

But, the reality is the young are photogenic and few of us are. At least on the outside we are not. But please understand, we are totally okay with that. Though absent in the selfie realm, trust me—we are not absent.

We are most present. And extremely so.

And Someone Else

Perhaps, more so.


“To get the full value of joy you must find someone to divide it with.” ~ Mark Twain

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  1. Love this! Any selfie I take is with safety glasses and dusk mask firmly attached!
    This time I sighed relief that I’m not doing the weekly photo challenges… 🙂

    • I almost passed on this Challenge but I was out with my grandson and it was a beautiful day-a nice break in the cold weather. The moment struck me as I noticed my shadow. Perfect for the Challenge, I thought!
      I’m glad you liked it.

  2. Very creative interpretation of “selfie” and I especially like your first photo with the tracks beside your shadow. I think your shadow selfie is very photogenic 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your very creative reply. I’m glad you noticed those tracks! That photo was an accidental click that turned out pretty nice. I’m flattered to know my shadow is photogenic. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a great day!

      • I thought that the tracks gave the impression that you weren’t alone in the field. They looked just a bit like footprints too 🙂

  3. I love this post, Alexandria! The young man is so good looking. I have a 5 year old grandson 🙂

  4. LOL Alexandria, I’m a grandmother too and relate totally to your post!

  5. Selfie. Im 95% over it. 🙂 like your post.


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