|signage at one entrance to the new downtown park|
i have always loved to read, ever since i was a wee lad growing up in the dark ages of the 20th century (the 70's). i love to read so much, in fact, that it is very hard for me to understand those people who do not like to read at all! how is that possible? i can understand not knowing how to read, but not liking it! preposterous! but then, maybe a draw toward reading is sort of a talent, like dancing. with dancing, you can either dance, or you can't dance. (i used to be a dancer--loaded with gifts here!) perhaps reading is the same way, in that people either get reading, or they don't. just thinking out loud.
|a crowd gathers before the stage to watch a dance presentation in the park|
as you might imagine, i have no interest in twitter.
|look crowded? well, it was! a good opening day turnout!|
|there was a "splash pool", which was a hit with the kids, natch|
the paradox of all this is that while i was watching the tourist couple, it seemed to me that they were not entirely engaged with each other, even. they were perhaps late 30's, early 40's, with tattoos, both a bit overweight and dressed in completely unremarkable summer clothing. this made me think that they must have been more exciting when they were younger, and perhaps more excited about each other. i did not envy them, and at that moment, i appreciated my single and solitary life; i appreciated my freedom from being stuck with someone i was once, but no longer, excited about. maybe that is why i do not find emotional mirrors out in the world--i am not in a couple. one does not have to be a psychology student to recognize that most couples act as mirrors for each other--even if the mirror is cracked.
|i have always loved plants for their willingness to just be what they are, without fuss|
|and they often do it so well...|
|the roving fair was set up that night in the park near my apartment. the thing i love about ferris wheels is that you are in your own compartment but moving together with many people.|
|ever feel fenced in by your environment?|
i wonder that too. and i am willing to leave this city and go to another in order to test the theory.
in the meantime, i am grateful for the resources that are assisting me in figuring out this process, and i am grateful for great friends for simply stating what they see when they are with me. that often tells me more than any of the books i read. (but i ain't giving up the books!) it makes me realize that though i need to leave this city and try a different environment, there was nothing stopping me from taking off my shoes and running around in the splash pool with everyone else. nothing, that is, except me.
|everybody's doin' it!|