Sunday, April 01, 2012
I'm going to take a stab at this A to Z April challenge.
Today being the exception, the rest of the month you post Monday through Saturday prompted by the letter of the day. You're supposed to pick a theme. Random thoughts and memories are my theme, I guess. If you can call that a theme--LOL! Hopefully with the purpose of maybe revealing a little more about myself and my life. Now the "short and sweet" part might be a problem for me, though--ROFL!
The first one will be no surprise, though.
I have a love of the written word...down to the alphabets...those symbols you can combine to represent objects, thought, and conversation. I remember being absolutely fascinated from the moment I realized symbols on a page were me...my name! And that if you wrote those symbols down they represented my name...me...to someone else who didn't even know me...without speaking at all. The entire concept of putting symbols that represented objects...people...thoughts...feelings...down on paper to communicate...well, it was magical to me.
Of course, it grew in complexity pretty quickly from crayons and printing my name. You rapidly discover that symbols can be misinterpreted, too. The written word is interpreted by each person. For example, if you say "tree"...each person will visualize a common tree that they know and that generally represents trees to them. Depending on where you grew up that tree could be a palm, oak, olive, pine, orange, manzanita...whatever that person's personal experience has presented to them. Fascinating!
I used the alphabet. I wrote from the age of nine to sort my thoughts...to ponder...to wrestle with decisions...to spill out my joy and sorrow and frustration in a safe place. I wrote to discover who I was...to communicate with myself.
There is no greater compliment than for someone to say that something I wrote touched their heart or effected them on a soul level. That is where I write from. Imagine the gap those symbols managed to cross!! We may all see different trees, but deep down there's that fragile, beautiful, private place where we are all the same.
That's an honor I take very seriously. :)
This was our dark, cloudy morning...
...with the rays streaming through the gray gaps.
Last night Karma and I sat in the meager light of my oil lamp for earth hour...
...thinking about this precious planet...
while I (probably cheating) caught up reading blogs on my laptop. ;)
It's supposed to get up to 70 today and then be back down to the 50s. Windy...so it feels colder...but the sun is still struggling to shine. Looks like a very good day. :)
"Turn your face to the sun, and the shadows fall behind you."