Friday, November 21, 2008


Boy oh boy do we have an appropriate picture for Thematic Photographic's "broken" theme this week.
Wednesday afternoon I got a call that Itai had taken a bad fall and "it didn't look good". They were right, he'd broken his arm in two places. Luckily it was a clean "green stick" break and he should be good as new when they take the cast off in three weeks. Even luckier (or not, depending on your perspective) my husband has quite a bit of experience with broken bones and remembered immediately that on Wednesday evenings there is an orthopedist in our health fund's office in the next town, with an x-ray clinic conveniently located down the hall. He called ahead and we were shown right in as soon as we arrived and the whole process from arrival to cast took under an hour. Much, much faster than the emergency room would have been, that's for sure.
Itai is feeling a lot better today and was quite willing to star in this week's TP post when he heard the theme, so I got out my camera and started taking pictures. Unfortunately I let my imagination run wildly ahead of my skill level and ended up with a bunch of oddly composed photos, none of which really worked. Hmm, I said. Now that I finally have Photoshop Elements maybe I can do something about this. (Famous last words.) I've been playing around and a photographer friend has been showing me a bit , but I still know only just enough to be dangerous.
I started out with this:
Itai looked nice enough, cheery even for someone who's got a cast on his arm, but I didn't like the skewed angle, and it just didn't have that certain spark. I wonder, I thought to myself, would this be any better without the rocking chair? Hmmm...
And from there the madness started, until I ended up with this:


In hindsight, I probably should have just left well enough alone and stuck with this:

On the bright side, I did at least learn how to do a frame around a photo without resorting to importing it into Power Point...

So there you have it. "Broken".

Poor kid. Not only does he have to deal with a broken arm, he's got to put up with the having the mamarazzi hot on his trail too.



Cheryl Pitt said...

Awww, poor guy, I hope it heals quickly for him. BTW, how do you pronounce his name?

Photoshop looks cool, I's love to get my hands on it one day :)

Phyllis Sommer said...

poor kid. it does look like it's already been signed, tho, so that is the "cool" part i guess!:-)

Robin said...

His name is pronounced ee-TIE, with the emphasis on the second syllable :).

And yes, he's definitely collecting signatures.

carmilevy said...

I am so sorry to hear about his accident. A refuah shlema to him - and to you, as I know how much stress this places on ima and abba as well.

It was just over a year ago when our eldest broke his leg (Here's the first entry...more follow:

It turned into a six-plus month odyssey as it was a pretty severe break. We learned that kids are incredibly tough, and they always manage to find a way to turn a challenge like this into an opportunity. These pictures (all great, really do have a good eye for composition) suggest very strongly that he's off to a good start.

"Sunshine" said...

Poor Itai! But what a little trooper! He still looks as spunky as ever--probably a good sign. Hope his arm heals up soon! I'll sign his cast long-distance: Sunshine.

Leora said...

What a smile on that guy! Glad he's taking it all well.

Anonymous said...

Aww, Maaan! I hated having a broken arm when I was a kid. Why didn't they give him a colored cast? They have such pretty colors these days. Wish him well for me. Whose autographs does he have?

Isn't mamarazzi on his trail all the time?

Anonymous said...

Oh no! Poor, poor Itai. But look at what a trooper he is!

Stephanie in Idaho said...

Poor baby... He's happy to be a star, you can see the spark behind the smile.

Claremont First Ward said...

I always wanted to break my arm as a child. Maybe b/c kids with casts somehow always look so happy. :) My inlaws have that same exact glider. :)

The Walking Path shot is extraordinary!

Nancy said...

aweeee, Itai! But look at that smile. After the initial pain, he's got the proud look of accomplishing a broken bone as a young boy! lol

And I like photo #3 best =)

Anonymous said...

Hope he heals OK. What a traumatic injury!

Anonymous said...


You crack me up.

And tell me, did you immediately start composing a blog post in your head once you knew he was OK?

Come on. You know you did.

Cause I would have. *snigger*

Big smootches to the brave mummy :) Oh and the big strong dude too.

Robin said...

Thanks for the well wishes everyone. He's feeling a lot better today. I suspect by the end of this the challenge will be to keep him from doing TOO much, rather than the other way around ;-).

Anonymous said...

Oh dear! :( Wishing Itai a speedy recovery and many signatures.

Libby's Library said...

Mamarazzi - love that "title".

Luckil he doesn't look as if he's in a lot of pain - that's good!

Jill said...

Oye Vay!! That doesn't look fun at all!!

Hope he feels better soon!!

Shannon said...

Oh no! Poor guy. He looks pretty darn proud of that cast though. Hope he's healing up quickly!

Janet said...

is it a badge of honor with boys to get a cast? Hope he's doing well!