Tuesday, June 5, 2012
My Special Place
Hosted by: Kate Messner at katemessner.com
and Jen & Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts
and Gae Polisner at ghpolisner.blogspot.com
The task today was to complete a two-minute quick write about a place. Then, write again, specifically thinking about what can be seen, heard, smelled, felt in this place. Next, go there, look at a picture or imagine being in the place. Finally, use those reflections to rewrite the original quick write piece using the sensory details that were noticed to make it better.
My Quick Write:
The trees are blowing in the breeze. The leaves look like green butterfly wings fluttering against the sky. The light is sparkling on the lake. The wet sand calls to me, drenches me in the fresh water smells. The bonfire blows it's smoke into the sky as it crackles in the fire pit. There are burgers cooking on the fire and happy people gathered around, supervising the cooking process. There is peace and quiet. It's a reflection space. A place for harmony. A place straight out of a song... "I get a peaceful, easy feeling..."
The Sensory Details From My List:
See - green: grass, trees, leaves, flowers, plants, seaweed, cattails
blue: water, sky, birds, house
white: puffy clouds
red: bonfire, sunset over the lake, lawn chairs
yellow: sparkles of light on the water, sunshine, my lounge chair
Hear - wind, birds, turkeys, ducks, loon, water, leaves, splashes, talking, gravel under
tires, crackle of the fire, piano, baseball game on the radio, country music
drifting from the garage, shake of the corn can, laughing, kids playing in the
Smell - bonfire smoke, cooking food, seaweed/wet/water, fresh/clean air
Feel - relaxed, peaceful, joyful, calm, have lots of time, connected, entertained, slow,
refreshed, easy going, hopeful, cozy, happy
Rewrite with Sensory Details:
I lay on the dock and close my eyes.
There are so many things to see -
where to look first?
So instead I listen.
To the birds. To the water tickling the shoreline.
To the happy laughter.
The smell of burgers cooking over the bonfire drifts to me, opens my eyes.
I see above me the green leaves fluttering against the sky like butterfly wings.
I feel myself relax. The every day is gone -
replaced by the easy going, peaceful joy.
The water sparkles before me, soothing me like a lullaby.
As I watch the sun set slowly in the sky, reflections spread out in the water,
I sit and connect...to the beauty of nature around me. To the calm of the wild.
I hear the voice inside me
or outside me, all around me
"It just doesn't get any better than this!"
And the voice is right.
As a child my family had a "cottage," which was really a house, on a small lake in the woods in the middle of nowhere. At least, that's the way I saw it then. Then, I used to wonder what I would do to avoid the boredom that was sure to visit. Now, I long for the feel of that place. The coziness, the peacefulness and the tranquility that comes from sitting elbow to elbow in the darkness staring into a crackling bonfire. Solving the world's problems, sharing stories and jokes, and enjoying the company family and friends. I miss the getting away. I miss the quiet of that special place.