Same Little Boy – All Grown up

vitruvian_man-001The ENR McGraw-Hill 2013 Best Global Projects Awards was well organized, like most social events orchestrated by engineers.  Dinner prompt at 6:30; alphabetically ordered project descriptions at 7:30. Winning teams paraded to the platform in business suits; there was only a smattering of women.  ENR snapped a formal photograph, followed by the random click of iPhones, general applause and on to the next winner.  Dessert served before 8:30, everything finished by 9:00 pm.

I believe I smiled direct at the camera for the main photo but somehow I could not maintain that attention, so what appeared on Len Gengel’s iPhone was this peculiar image of me right angling into space.  Back at our table, we all had a good laugh at my clueless expression, but I realized it was not something new. The photo captures the very same person gaping away from the view finder – wondering what in tarnation I am supposed to be doing – that inhabits the earliest photo of me at age 22 months. The more things change, the more the stay the same.


Paul E. Fallon, looking away at ENR McGraw-Hill Awards, 2013

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Paul E. Fallon, looking away at Christmas, 1956

About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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1 Response to Same Little Boy – All Grown up

  1. Pat says:

    This is great!

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