Slice of Life Story Challenge March 2 -All the Small Things
Yesterday I walked around the house consciously collecting small objects. It’s important to notice small things. -Teeny, tiny things. Microscopic things. Things that almost need a magnifying glass in order to be noticed, observed and appreciated. In fact it’s good to actually go all the way and look at wondrous objects through a magnifying glass. When we do, wonders begin to reveal themselves, just as they did when we were kids.
Small things are precious. It is akin to holding a baby or a bird's egg. Small things must be handled mindfully. Their fragility requires this level of care. Small things like my wife Vicki, who is in fact, petite. As well as her petite appearance, she's also very precious to me. So, I can't engage her in the latest craze of 'koala-ing.' Such an unexpected latching onto, could result in serious injury. In my more exuberant moments she frequently reminds me that she is ‘Birdbones.’ -in recognition of her delicate frame. By comparison, I feel rather brutish. hence the moniker, ‘Crusher.’
In the world surrounding us, small things await discovery. Our eyes need to focus and seek out these small wonders- itsy-bitsy, teeny- weeny, miniature marvels. Beauty can be found in small packages as they say. We need to experience Lilliputian moments to notice these small marvelous things…
I placed my collection of gathered small things in an old wooden cigar box and took a photograph. I now possess a rich source of possible story elements from which to select. I can insert them into my writing as fine details – a picture hook, a match stick, a safety pin, a price tag, a seed. They serve as a reminder to keep my observational skills sharply honed.