Bindingarts’s Blog

March 2, 2010

watching my step

Filed under: Uncategorized — Debra Fink Bachelder @ 6:32 pm

From the time New Yorkers take their first steps we are continually reminded to watch our step. There are broken sidewalks; gaps between platforms and trains; subway and sewer grates appear out of nowhere; and there are people to whom respect must be paid.

Our second lesson is “hurry up.” We are a blur speed walking but it can cause us to miss the sound of a small object, which just fell out of a pocket or dropped off of us, hitting the street. It isn’t until we are home that we realize we lost a key, favorite brooch or the button from our coat.

Being labeled Klutz from a very early age I learned to walk with my eyes cast down allowing me to spot and pick up bits and pieces of lost and found street gems. There must have been a purpose in owning them. There was a story behind the key, an occasion for the charm, a cause for craving “Orange Crush.” All the lost stories just twinkled from the sidewalks and parking lots, a bit scratched, slightly bent or tarnished but needing to be respected so I saved them and took them home to pay them respect.

 I’ve obviously grown up and the only reason I look down now is to look for street gems or to mind the broken sidewalks; gaps between platforms and trains; subway and sewer grates when I am lucky enough to be home. Otherwise I have to watch for mud, scat and manure.

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