City Mouse and Country Mouse

There was that feeling to be sure this last few days. As I mentioned in my earlier post, we headed out for a brief trip to the big city. It always feels inspiring to be amidst the chaos of city life, with its many sounds, traffic, available treats and ethnic food at every corner. Yet, sadly for me, my body doesn't really react to the city to its best. I crave quietness, stillness and nature around me. While contemplating blinking lights and hearing noises all around me, tenses my body and I am always in an extreme alert mode (my children are not accustomed to cities either and they are like butterflies, stopping here and there, asking many questions from passersby, touching this or that...) I do have to say in minimum doses I am quite content to visit the big city.

It was a nice end to the trip to spend the next day at a natural park, once we got back home. To let the cool air wash away the worries, to imbibe the impressions from nature, to absorb the knowledge intrinsic in this wonderful world: we are nobody, we are only here briefly, live!. Overall I felt that I was the one who benefitted from this day in the woods the most. Nature has a way of restoring empty shelves within me, and has a way of showing me the way more clearly than anything else.

We are back home, I must pack my three little kittens for their journey, and get to work on those cloth dolls I was intent on making at the beginning of the year. And yes, that is me in the big windows at the ROM--I am preparing for the next batch of self-portraits that comes with the 30-day challenge hosted by Ella, I am also trying to shoot real life and not edit at all (which is counter-intuitive as I am so used to editing all my photos) but I really want to learn to use my camera to the best of its abilities first. I hope you all had a nice weekend and that the healing power of nature, or the busy chaos of city life, nurtured you as well.

Posted on April 7, 2013 and filed under our life.