Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Minor Musing About Getting Older

I sat in the car this afternoon and, protected from the wind, watched geese circle before forming a V against a gray sky. I saw both graceful flight and hard work fighting against the wind. It has been a long time since I have taken a few minutes just to sit and watch birds fly, and I have spent part of the evening wondering why.

Patrick Kurp quotes John Updike who seems to indicate that this afternoon's experience is part of getting older:
“Aging calls us outdoors, after the adult indoors of work and love-life and keeping stylish, into the lovely simplicities that we thought we had outgrown as children. We come again to love the plain world, its stone and wood, its air and water….The act of seeing itself is glorious, and of hearing, and feeling and tasting.”

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