Thursday, October 22, 2009


Chloe. Daughter. Sixteen.

"I need a hug," I tell Chloe.
"I need lots of things, too," she quickly quips.


She stands and gives me a hug anyway.
She is not afraid to hug me.
She lets me press my heart to hers.
I feel her pressing back.

To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain, and play with it.
- Charlie Chaplin

Photo, Spring 2009
I took this photo for a friend.
For me, it is a sweet reminder of those
moments that just cannot be explained.


  1. hi jenny stevning, i love my almost fifteen year old boy's hugs as much as i love my tiny almost thirteen year old girl's hugs. they ask for them if i'm slow off the mark but they seem to share a whole lot of them without expectation. it's so wickedgood isn't it jen. steven