You may remember the story of violin virtuoso Joshua Bell, performing Bach and Schubert on a million dollar violin in a Washington DC metro station in 2007. Noone but a few children with parents tugging at their sleeves slowed down to notice him.
What is it about children that makes them stop and notice?
One morning earlier this winter, on all fours with measuring tape in hand, I found myself in the driveway, perplexed by a mystery. In that moment, it dawned on me that we all have the ability to notice and be curious.
Despite our busy lives, as denizens of our beloved Upper Valley, many of us share this experience of moving through space between our cars and front doors…head down, thinking about the next thing, fussing with the keys earlier than necessary, and missing most of the experience…missing the mysteries in the driveway.
Since that first morning with the measuring tape, a new world has opened up to me. Perhaps it’s fresh scat or tracks in the new snow. Perhaps it’s the quality of the snow itself or the fern that holds its sagely luster.
We invite you to discover the mysteries in your driveway. All you have to do is notice something and ask a question about it. It’s that simple. It’s free, takes no extra time and surprisingly little effort. Just noticing, and asking a question, and you too have your instant mystery.
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