Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Day 53 - The Lovely Construction Site.

Recently, I was reminded of a fun trip, with the boys, to a construction site.

Well...we didn't really visit the actual site, instead we were floors above in a neighboring building looking down at a huge project in downtown Cleveland. 

And Alex and Owen were enthralled! For one full hour (and they would have stayed longer if I would have let them) they watched, mesmerized and awestruck. 
Owen, age 5

At first, I watched them, watch it. But then I began to watch the construction site through their eyes. As I took in the scene, I found myself using words like beautiful, choreographed, splendid, synchronized, and amazing. Words that are not typically used to describe a mucky, dirty, smelly, messy construction site.
Alex, age 6

There were 100 hundred ton dump trucks, cranes, backhoes, front end loaders, skid steers, plus many other construction vehicle that I could not name.  The whole scene was amazing!  It was almost like watching a highly skilled ballet troupe.  Each machine's movement was deliberate and precise.  All the hard hats seemed to know exactly what to do when and how they related to each other.  It was truly a lovely site (pun intended).

It's amazing how seeing the world through my boys eyes changed my perspective.

As Alan Watts once said, "Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them."  But, because of my boys, I really looked and saw something so different than I expected.

And for that, I am thankful!

What have you really looked at and truly seen?

1 comment:

  1. Well, I can totally relate to the construction site-watching. Around where we live it's trains. My boys LOVE them. My oldest has such a passionate interest that he knows what everything is and what it does, when it's different from normal, etc. Without my boys, trains would still be just an annoyance. Now I can at least begin to appreciate that they can be something more.