Monday, March 11, 2013
#slice2013 11 of 31
Going home that afternoon, I still thought he was a bit off his rocker, but headed outside to sit for thirty minutes because I am not the type of student who doesn't do their homework. I brought a pencil and notebook out with me, since he'd suggested that we all sit for fifteen minutes just looking and smelling and appreciating and then the second fifteen minutes we could write down all that we notice.
I live in Connecticut, and as anyone who lives anywhere near me knows, the past few days have really started to feel like spring. The snow is melting and birds are coming out and the thermometer reached 65 degrees the other day. So I walk outside to sit and observe pretty happily. The sun is out, there isn't a cloud in the sky, the stone path is a comfortable temperature and I'm already thinking about all the things I could write down for my observations in my head.
However, it wasn't until I lay down and really looked at the sky and the trees around me and listened to the melted snow dripping off the roof that I truly began to notice. What I found is that you can't just write down anything and say you observe it without sounding like a phony. In order to observe, you have to observe.
Here are some things that I noticed:
1. If you stare at something long enough, it begins to look unrecognizable. It's sort of like how if you say someone's name over and over and over it starts to sound choppy and unfamiliar.
2. There are a lot of symmetrical things in nature.
3. I can hear the snow melt. The first time I heard the loud crunch behind me, I sat up and whipped around, sure that someone was trying to sneak up on me. However, after it happened multiple times I realized it was the snow caving in on itself.
4. The leaves on the plant next to me don't look like they're moving, but I know they are because I can see the sunlight sliding back and forth on the crisscrossing lines of spider webs.
5. The snow looks like it is made of tiny beads of water.
6. The wind starts in the outermost branches and then moves inwards until the trunk gently sways.
7. We have a huge puddle on the road at the top of our driveway, so I can tell how fast a car is driving by how loud the splash is.
Posted by Sophie at 11:55 AM