Monday, October 5, 2009
Sky on Friday Morning
As I was driving into work on Friday morning, I enjoyed watching the sky. It had rained all night so the ground and trees were shiny with water. I drive to work facing west so the sun was shining on everything at which I was looking. Because there were a few clouds left in western sky, the sun created a kind of gold glow on black clouds. Everything: trees, flowers, houses, cars, all had a sparkly haze upon it. Everything was shiny and since fall is dawning, the barest hints of orange and red and brown were cueing up to take the stage.
I poked my son who was preoccupied with his game device. "Look up at the sky, isn't it amazing? Look at the way the sun shines off those black clouds. Look how everything is shiny and glistening. Isn't it like magic?"
He looks up at the sky away from his game and miraculously gives me his attention, and although I think he going to shrug and say so what, he humors me and says, "Yeah mom, it is really nice."
I say, "It is so beautiful, I would like to hug it or lick it. I want you to notice things like the sky. The sky is pretty important." I must sound desperate.
He says, "You know, mom, you can't touch the sky. It isn't really there."
"I know," I say. "When I was a kid and found out that you couldn't ever touch the sky, I was pretty bummed."
"Yeah, me too. How old were you when you found out?" he asked.
"Oh, I suppose I was 5 or 6."
"Too bad," he says.
"Too bad," I say.
We pause for a moment imagining a world where you can touch the sky and what it would feel like and taste like and would it return a hug? The sky is still beautiful and for these several moments in the car, my son and I understand each other.
How old were you when you realized you couldn't touch the sky?
--Amy Cornell for the Poplar Grove Muse