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Another day goes by

Another day goes by

I looked up at the sky. The sky said, “What?” I said, “I like to look at you.” The sky said, “Will you stop it? You’re bothering me.” I stopped looking at the sky.

I looked at the ground. The ground said, “What do you want?” I said, “Nothing. I’m just noticing you.” The ground said, Well, it’s bothering me, so cut it out!”

I looked at a tree. The tree didn’t say anything. I kept looking at the tree. Still the tree was silent. A hawk flew down and landed on a branch of the tree. After a moment, the hawk said, “Why are you looking at me?” I said, “I’m not, I’m looking at the tree.” The hawk, “It seems like you’re looking at me.” I said I wasn’t. The hawk said, “Please stop. You’re making me uncomfortable.”

I closed my eyes. I felt the sun and breeze on my skin. I thought about the time I sat on top of a hill and threw rocks down at a rusty tin can. I was able to hit the can a lot. It gave me a feeling of confidence.

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The elephant and the mouse

The elephant and the mouse

The elephant was tired and sat down. There was a yelling sound from the elephant’s behind. The elephant looked back and saw a mouse. The elephant was sitting on the mouse’s tail.

The elephant stood and said, “I’m so sorry.” The mouse said, “Why don’t you look where you’re sitting?” The elephant said, “You’re right. I was tired and not thinking well. Is your tail okay?” The mouse held its tail and said, “It hurts a lot.”

The elephant said, “I’m so sorry. Can I kiss and make it better?”

The mouse nodded. The elephant bent down to the ground and kissed the mouse’s tail.

The mouse said, “Thanks, that feels better.”

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How I like to do things

How I like to do things

Sometimes I like to sit. Sometimes I prefer to stand. I vary. Sometimes I’ll only sit for a few seconds, and then I’ll stand up. I may stand for an hour or more, and suddenly I sit. I never schedule how long for either. I like it spontaneous.

But I schedule out my thoughts. As planned ahead of time, at 10:30 this morning I thought about the time I was seven and my family and I went apple picking in the Shenandoah mountains. Those apples were so juicy.

I’m scheduled to think about how well this writing is going in five, four, three, two, one second…I thought about how this is most revealing.

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The Nest

The Nest

I climbed to the top of the tree. There was an empty eagle’s nest. As the wind swayed the tree back and forth, I snuggled in and fell asleep.

I was woken later by the eagle. The eagle’s name was Bill. He and I are friends. Bill the eagle said he was happy to see me. I said the same of him. We caught up on each other’s lives.

The wind picked up speed and I was tossed out of the nest and out of the tree. As I fell, Bill flew alongside me. He asked how it felt to fly. I said I felt invincible.

Bill caught me in his wings just before I hit the ground. I thanked him. I asked if I could take him to the diner as a way to acknowledge. Bill said okay.

We went to the diner. I had fries. It’s called Bowl of Fries. It’s a cereal bowl of fries. Bill ordered a small salad. I said he could have a bigger one. He said he wasn’t that hungry.

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Spending time underwater

Spending time underwater

I can spend a pretty long time underwater without an oxygen tank and snorkel mask. It’s not like I take a big deep breath when I go underwater. I basically drop down under the surface and I hang out. I look around at the fish. I look up at the Sun reflecting through the water. I read a plastic book that I brought with me. The time flies by.

Once I spent a week under water. Some of the time I did the things I mentioned. Other times I slept. I ate plankton. It’s full of nutrients. And when I got thirsty I swallowed some of the surrounding water. When I finally came back out into the air, my skin was pruned. It took a few days for it to flatten out again.