Show us the effects of gravity in your photo this week.

Some of the things that always remind me of gravity include (but are certainly not limited to):

  • Dancing all night long after the age of 30.
  • Carrying a human baby for more than three minutes.
  • News of a plane crash right before I embark on a trip (because that’s when all planes crash).
  • Putting on skis for the first time in a couple of years.
  • Building blocks. Especially building blocks. Like the ones pictured below:

I was so proud of my elegant spiral, which I’d constructed while my kid was working on his far-superior (and far more gravity-defying) creation. Like Icarus, I wanted to get higher, higher, higher, if only by proxy. And just like him and his waxen wings, my spiral was punished for its ambition. It grew to be about a foot and a half tall, then it crashed. Gloriously.

This week, share a photo of something marked by its weight — or its air of weightlessness. Show us gravity at its most unforgiving, or most generous. Bricks or feathers. A collapsed ruin or a plane taking off. A heavy piece of old furniture or the flying buttresses of a cathedral. Keep in mind that weight doesn’t even have to be physical: emotions and memories can weigh on us (or lift our spirits) at least as much as real objects.

I look forward to your photos this week.

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