Friday, April 16, 2010


Last night, while I lay thinking here,
some Whatifs crawled inside my ear
and pranced and partied all night long
and sang their same old Whatif song:
Whatif I'm dumb in school?
Whatif they've closed the swimming pool?
Whatif I get beat up?
Whatif there's poison in my cup?
Whatif I start to cry?
Whatif I get sick and die?
Whatif I flunk that test?
Whatif green hair grows on my chest?
Whatif nobody likes me?
Whatif a bolt of lightning strikes me?
Whatif I don't grow taller?
Whatif my head starts getting smaller?
Whatif the fish won't bite?
Whatif the wind tears up my kite?
Whatif they start a war?
Whatif my parents get divorced?
Whatif the bus is late?
Whatif my teeth don't grow in straight?
Whatif I tear my pants?
Whatif I never learn to dance?
Everything seems well, and then
the nighttime Whatifs strike again!

-Shel Silverstein

Everyone has whatifs... These are the ones of those closest to me.

JJ- Whatif I don't remember the things that are most dear?

Elise- Whatif I can never get pregnant?

Jimmy- Whatif I never hurt my shoulder?

Alexis- Whatif I can't learn my ii V I's?

Nat- Whatif my best isn't enough?

Asher- Whatif I go bald?

Anothony- Whatif deer eat my garden... again?

Amberly- Whatif my baby's poop blows out of her diaper?

Marianna- Whatif he breaks my heart?

Brandon- Whatif the world's crude oil supply is depleted by 2015?


  1. Great Idea! I've always been afraid of whatifs, probably everyone has, thats what makes it such a great project we can all relate to.

  2. Did the Amberly girl teach at the MTC?

    Also a fun concept. I like the touch of having them write their Whatifs in their own handwriting.

  3. I love the concept. I think seeing the handwriting of each of these people really adds a level of personality that wouldn't be captured in extra-diegetic text like a mere caption.

  4. Interesting personal insights came through their fears and were sort of reflected in the portraits. I liked it.

  5. What a great idea! I really enjoyed the looks on the people's faces. This project is soo expressive. Great job.

  6. I agree, this is a very good concept!

  7. This is a great concept. I relate to a few of those whatifs and it makes me ponder my own whatifs...

  8. i really like the concept. it is very honest

  9. Such a wonderful idea! I love this. Oh, and you.

  10. I really like this essay. It's really personal, and on a level that everyone can relate to. It would be interesting to see one of you and your 'whatif'...

  11. Awesome idea! This helps us realize that we're never alone in our fears. These are great photos too!!