Thursday, May 20, 2010

Things That Make Me Sad on My Morning Walk

The smell of decay and/or rot even when I can’t see the source.
The siren of an ambulance.
The shell of the house that burned down to its foundation.
The pain in my knee.
Political signs on lawns (but mostly when they are not representing my party of choice)
Fresh fruit uneaten by man or beast.
Dead animals 
  • Snakes
  • Frogs
  • Birds
  • Chipmunks
  • Squirrels
  • Possums

The bright blue of a robin’s egg crushed on the ground.
For rent and/or sale signs on front lawns.
Trash tossed to the side of the road, into the gutter or onto someone’s lawn.
The screech of someone trying to stop their vehicle.
Losing my balance.
Neighbors who do not return my smile, my wave, my hello.

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  1. All of these things make me sad too, except it's not a pain in my knee, it's a pain in my ankle. And so many more things make me sad when/if I walk because I tend to let my mind do its own thing and think what it wants to and sometimes it wanders into corners. Sad corners that think about the terrible things that happen in the world. But sometimes, there are things that make me oh so happy when I walk. Like the scent of fresh flowers, baby birds in nests, friendly neighbors that actually smile AND wave, puppies and kittens, the thought that I am doing something good for my health, the sound of my feet on the pavement, morning dew! I think you get what I'm saying! Sometimes when you lose, you win.

  2. I think I wrote this post about two weeks ago and set it to automatically go live for today for whatever random reason. I meant to write a list of things that make me smile on my morning walk but I never got around to it. This one was inspired by my seeing a robin's eggshell on the ground and, as you say your mind does, I started thinking about all of the things I see on these walks that make me sad.

    I really should make a list of things that make me smile.