Friday, November 30, 2007

Sunday Scribbilings: Walk

God it's been so long since I scribbled! It feels good to be back!

This week's prompt, Walk, made me think of a few different things:

1. When I'm waiting to meet someone, if I'm not reading to pass the time, I watch people as they come towards me. I try to determine, well before the person's face or characteristics come into focus, whether or not it's the person I'm waiting for. I watch the person walk.

I'm most familiar with my husband's walk, and I'm pretty good at spotting him from afar. He sort of slides down the street, no bounce in his step, almost as if he's skateboarding.

When we were first dating, when he'd get to the point where we both could definitely make out each other's faces, he would nod his head a little, like a basketball player might say "hey" to his teammate. Now he usually does something silly. He'll give me the peace sign, or the "rock on" sign.

Being able to spot him from afar, and knowing how he'll first give recognition to the fact that I'm waiting for him is one of the intimacies of marriage that I never thought about or even knew existed before being with someone for so long.


2. One of the things I most enjoy in life is walking my dog. I love watching people smile and coo over her (at least the ones who aren't cowering at the sight of a silly black lab). I love getting to know my neighborhood well by walking down its streets a few times a day. For example, I never would've known that the house across the street from the park has been for sale twice in the last two years, or that it's an 80-something year old woman who puts a garbage can in the street so she can save the spot in front of her house whenever she goes out.

The few times a year when I'm not in the least bit excited to take Chloe out, I know something is wrong. My excitement about this chore is like a barometer for my mood. And as soon as the pressure is so low that I have to drag myself out the door, I know there's a bad mood a 'coming.

Though this knowledge doesn't make getting my butt out the door any easier, it does help me get to the bottom of what's bothering me well before I would otherwise. I guess that's why people say walks are meditative.

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11 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

Intimacy is another walk that we take in life.


gautami

paisley said...

i am feeling a pull on my inner barometer lately myself... i know i need to go gout,, but as of yet i haven't... someday soon i hope....

Lucy said...

how I wish I could walk my dogs... I need that cute dog whisper guy desperately! Your husbands walk sounds cute, My husband has a bob and weave thing going on when he walks, it always makes me smile! ( okay giggle!)

Rob Kistner said...

Growing with our mate to the point where we 'know' the touching details of their nature -- is the reward of long-lasting love.

sister AE said...

one of my friends tells me she knows me at a distance by my walk, but I have no idea what it is that "gives me away."

Crafty Green Poet said...

Inresting post. I always like to meet dog walkers when I'm out walking, just yesterday we met several lovely dogs and owners. When we had a rabbit i was always sad that we couldn't take her out for a walk

Skyelarke said...

love the picture! you're lucky with your love ;-)

tumblewords said...

Nice post! You find much to enjoy in your walking - great!

mks said...

AH HA! I love posts that involve silly black labs! My silly black lab was the topic of my post today too. I totally agree with you, when my dog can't make me smile, it's time for an emotional mood check in for me! Right now my husband is walking her in our first snow and she is loving it I am sure!

susan said...

I didn't know how much I would value these kinds of intimacies till now. For us, it's grocery shopping. When we first started dating, we were a long distance couple, and we enjoyed shopping together for our meals during his stays. We continue to shop together, seven years later. Thanks for read.

DJPare said...

I bet there is one person who is more excited about the walks than you - Chloe!

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