Seeing the World through Fresh Eyes

Last week I was sick.  Super-duper, I-want-my-mommy sick.  I didn’t leave my house for five days, except to go to the pharmacy or the doctor’s office.  Moving from my couch to my bed qualified as a big adventure.

On the sixth day, I needed to get out.  For one, I was finally well enough to make it down my stairs without having to take a break at the bottom.  And, not inconsequentially, I had a goal to complete.

One of my 38 While 38 goals is to go one one photo excursion a month.  I had been sick straight through the last few days of March, so I’m giving myself an extension.  My “March” photo excursion was actually completed on April 3.  Don’t worry.  I’m not going to make a habit out of it.  April’s excursion is already done!  I’ll post that one as soon as I have a minute.

In the meantime, here’s March.  It might be a bit grandiose to call it an “excursion.”  I left my front door and walked a quarter mile to the nearest stop light.  Then, I turned around and walked back.

I walked slowly.  I paid attention.  I drive, walk, or run past this stretch of road every day, but I’ve never really seen it.  There’s nothing like staring at the same four walls for five days that really makes me take a fresh look at the world around me.

Oh, and I should mention, this are not the most exciting sights on my street.  My street actually has some pretty cool historic buildings which made for some interesting photos.  Call me crazy, but I don’t actually want to broadcast my exact address on the internet!

I really wish I had paid attention to this sign when I was walking straight into those strep throat bugs.  Maybe I would have turned back?

Apparently I missed an entire snowstorm while I was sick.  Bonus!

Spring will come.   It’s just a matter of patience.

First, I passed the 1, 2, 3…

…and on the other side of the street I found the 3, 2, 1.  I felt like I was putting on my contacts.  (You might have to wear Acuvues to get that joke.  Sorry!)

Leaves had left imprints on an entire section of sidewalk.  Did the city pour the concrete during Fall?  Did some kids in the neighborhood decide to “decorate” the newly laid sidewalk?  I’ll never know, but this stretch of sidewalk is almost directly across the street from my apartment.  How did I never notice it before?

It’s amazing what you can see when you’re really looking!


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