Eyes are the Mirrors
EYES ARE THE MIRROR (MIRRORS) OF THE SOUL
"A person's thoughts can be ascertained by looking in his or her eyes. The proverb has been traced back in English to 'Regiment of Life' (1545). But the proverb was known much earlier. Cicero (106-43 B.C.) is quoted as saying, 'Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi' (The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter). The Latin proverbs, 'Vultus est index animi' or 'Oculus animi index,' are usually translated as 'The face is the index of the mind.' The French say, 'Les yeux sont le miroir de l'dme (The eyes are the mirror of the soul). 'The eyes are the window of the soul' is a variant form of the proverb..." From "Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings" by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).
My eyes are puffy, bloodshot and tired. They tell the story of a co-sleeping, breastfeeding Mama whose 16 mos old babe has not slept through the night since he was born. Last night I was so exhausted that my body ached, I couldn't eat. I took a motrin and went to bed while Satch and Robert ate dinner. I was always one who went to bed and woke up exactly 8 hrs later...no alarm, happy as a peach! That seems like ages ago. My husband, on the other hand, was never a good sleeper and wakes up frequently at night...makes himself chocolate milk which he slurps with a spoon, reads or pecks away at the computer. When my husband began routinely snoring, he graciously moved to the sofa. I can still hear him...through TWO closed doors. (Dare I mention that I once broke up with a guy because he snored?) And now I have this amazing little boy whom I love madly, but he has his dad's poor sleep habits. I am sure there is a spiritual lesson here somewhere, but I'm too exhausted to figure it out.
Today while Satch napped, I started working on my new project...photographing eyes (the Iris to be precise). Above is a self-portrait...I haven't perfected it yet.