Friday, 3 December 2010

Reverb10 Day Three

Prompt: Moment. Pick one moment during which you felt most alive this year. Describe it in vivid detail (texture, smells, voices, noises, colours).

Having spent a few years asking my students to do writing tasks like this it is only now sitting down to do one myself I remember how difficult it can actually be! I skipped Day Two's prompt as I arrived late to Reverb and writing is not my central focus. Note I did not say I am not a writer as to do so could potentially risk the wrath of all those students who I challenged over using this very phrase, 'we are all writers' I would declare swishing around the class room to an accompanying chorus of grumbles. However, I do concede it isn't always easy.

Since arriving at our new home there have been many moments of feeling alive again after the dormant winter of waiting. One particular moment happened after a day of working hard on some new pieces, R had been hunched over his drawing and we went for a short walk up the road. The air was crisp and clear with a late summer fragrant chill and it felt good to stretch mind and body away from the work table.

As the road rose we could see over the fields and standing grazing nearby were three deer. I still get such a thrill seeing deer so close and these were so close I could see them without my glasses! After a few moments of silent admiration they noticed our presence and pranced off into the distance as the sun's light faded. By the time we turned to head back it was quite dark and to the reverberating calls of pheasants and owls we strode home feeling fully alive with the happy realisation that we live here.

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