Everything, Everything

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My existence in a wheelchair puts my perspective about 2 feet below yours in all likelihood.

My current penchant for going down to the Santa Fe Plaza very early in the morning has the effect of an archaeological dig at times.

This morning I saw deep brown skinned, old Mexican men lifting giant glass containers filled with fresh watermelon juice as they readied their street vendor food cart.

Pigtailed girls ran deliriously after taunting pigeons.

Native Americans sat stoically tolerating the tourist gum-chewing and innocent disrespect; their eyes slightly glazed and hungry at the same time.

I loved my soft awareness with its desire to attach itself to the surprisingly graceful choice the city gardeners made of planting corn in the large pots used to direct traffic.

Perception stayed cool and comfortably low..

Humored by high-heeled, polyester suit-clad women teetering blindly while worshiping their phones.

I could see their crowded thoughts buzzing like flustered bees above their hair.

The stately trees generously buffered the sun.

I was in love with it all; the clear air and green smell mixed with surreptitiously smoking folks trying to get small in their shame and pleasure.

The low down suits me.

All these different levels and layers of perception invisible to the others but carrying wiggling and lively realities unique to each.

How very much we miss by remaining in our familiar territories.

The lower I get the quieter I become.



3 Responses to “Everything, Everything”

  1. Jennifer on July 28th, 2018

    Your writing is so lovely and sensual. I can feel the cool morning breeze on my skin and hear the kids playing. Thanks for reminding me to stop and appreciate what’s right in front of me. I have gratitude every day for the small things, like watching a bird take a bath outside my kitchen window. You remind me to focus on the small stuff when I start fretting about something I can’t control. Thank you 🙂

  2. Cyndy Tanner on July 28th, 2018

    You took your reader with you on a lovely ride!

  3. Jann Tenenbaum on August 16th, 2018

    The low down suits me….hard to imagine you as The Lowdown.

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