Tuesday, May 20, 2008

A Certain Part of the Day

There have been parts of great beauty that produced squeals of delight for the gosslings that crossed our path...and tender parts with tiny hands rescuing fistfuls of caterpillars from the tennis courts...and parts of wonderment at having discovered the tiny Red-banded Hairstreak Butterflies (Calycopis cecrops) at the playground with Satchel's friend H...

and parts that left me slack-jawed and the only thing that came to mind were these words by Walt Whitman (from Leaves of Grass)

"There was a child went forth every day,

And the first object he look'd upon,

that object he became,

And that object became part of him

for the day or a certain part of the day,

Or for many years or stretching cycles of years."

-Walt Whitman (There was a Child went Forth)

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posted by Wendy at 5:46 PM


Blogger denise said...


It is true. I love the joy and discovery too. Plants, birds, animals. We love to go out and explore the natural world, but I also love that we are creating something of this in our own backyard, so that it isn't the "other", but home.

We love finding caterpillars on our herbs and then raising them in the house (we have a butterfly house). We have watched the amazing cycle of caterpillar to black swallowtail butterfly 7 times. And when the boys release the butterfly into our flowers and then watch them fly away - amazing.

11:43 AM  
Blogger jenica said...


your writing and pics always make me feel fuzzy like a caterpillar!


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