Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Rocking Morning Walk {1 of 31 SOLSC}


It's gray and cloudy with a chance of sprinkles.  My trusty furry friend is walking along next to me as we embrace the day ahead.  It's nice to have him by my side.  He has a little bounce when he walks.  His reddish fur gently moves with that bounce and makes the day ahead seem lighter.  It feels like spring and it sounds like spring.  

The sounds this morning are louder than usual.  More birds are up rocking to the start of their day.  There are different pitches and beats in the air.  I notice trills and beeps.  Various birds taking turns.  I think I hear a clarinet and then a flute.  Load and behold a gaggle of brass instruments fly over head and that brass section disappears in the distance.  As we continue our walk the sounds become more soothing with interesting patterns.  A call and response between two birds;  I think I can name that tune and then not quite.  

I often consider or justify this morning walk as a warm up to the day, a form of brief exercise, and a necessity for my trusty furry friend.  Maybe it's a gift to listen to what's around me and not in me.  A moment to stop my worries.  This was my thinking as my morning walk ended today.

Thank you Two Writing Teachers for not only bringing together a community of writers but inviting us to push the pencil daily and nudge our writerly life.
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10 comments :

  1. Love this line... Maybe it's a gift to listen to what's around me and not in me. A moment to stop my worries. This was my thinking as my morning walk ended today.
    It is so true. Thanks for writing before I go to bed!!!
    Clare

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  2. Love the way you found different sections of the band through the sounds surrounding you. I have noticed our birds seem more chatty too. I just wish I knew which bird made which sound. Your first sentence made me smile and think of a book. I bet you did that on purpose. :-)

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    1. I did do that on purpose and giggled a bit when it came to me. Maybe that's lifting a line with a tweak or just a plain old mentor text.

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  3. This is such a great reminder - to listen to the sounds around us and not in us. Your walks with your furry friend give you a chance to do just that. I need to find a time and occasion for me to do just that.

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  4. I also love that line, and also your line "a call and response between two birds; I think I can name that tune and then not quite." I enjoyed having my sense of hearing awakened through reading about your morning walk.

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  5. Yes! Great advice-to listen to what's around me and not in me. Sometimes we are so consumed with our inner voice we forget to look out. I will think of this line often.

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  6. I can picture your walk so clearly! It reminds me of my walk with my dog yesterday. I do enjoy those walks and I love how you put it - a gift. How true!

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  7. I love how you capture the small moments so beautifully. HOORAY, you're here and slicing. I'm so glad!!!

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  8. "to listen to what's around me and not in me" - I feel like that is the crux of what writing slices actually is. Beautifully stated, my friend.

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  9. I feel like I'm right there beside you and your furry friend.

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