Thursday, September 03, 2009

Seen and heard

On Thursdays this September, I am going to share glimpses of the world from my point of view. More literally than in other posts, that is. Knowing me, my Thursday posts will more often than not sport a picture of a tree. I don't know why, but I tend to see trees, and from what I'm told, I see them differently than most folk. But, I sometimes surprise even myself. So who knows what I (and therefore you) will see or hear next week.

Today is a two for one sort of day, hooray! Soon, I intend to back fill the blog with some of my experiences from a recent road trip to Minnesota and back. In the meantime, here is a little taste of a couple of things I observed along the way.


You can't say I didn't warn you about my thing with trees...

On our way back home, Christian and I spent some time at the Allegheny National Forest. This picture was taken on Heart's Content Scenic Interpretive trail which wound about for a short mile through virgin forest.

I was drawn to this tree, but couldn't quite put my finger on why until I took the first snapshot. The LCD screen introduced me to this guy by encouraging me to look at the whole picture instead of focusing on those "interesting growths" on its trunk. I pointed out his face to Christian and we admired him for quite some time.


I admit it, I am a public eavesdropper. From restaurants and concerts, to sidewalks and bathrooms, snippets of conversation waft my way. Yes, even bathrooms. I heard this exchange between a mother and her young daughter while in a bathroom at Howe Caverns in New York.

daughter: Mom, how old do you have to be to be a teenager?
mom: Thirteen
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daughter: Mom, is Katie a teenager?
mom: How old is Katie?
daughter: Seven?
mom: No, she's not a teenager yet. She'll be a teenager in 6 years.
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daughter: Mom, is grandma a teenager?
mom: (Stifling a giggle) Well, she used to be a teenager.
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daughter: Mom, grandma took care of you when you were a baby?
mom: Yes, that's right. She took care of me.
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daughter: Mom, how come nobody took care of me when I was a baby?
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mom: Honey, I took care of you when you were a baby.
daughter: oh.


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