Sidewalk Chalk Tuesday 2013

SC Meaghan and Kayleigh Ginger MaidWe were outside this morning from 8:30 until a little after 9:00. The temperature was around 72 degrees, with a slight cooling breeze blowing from the south, from the warming waters of Long Island Sound.

At the same exact time in Moore, Oklahoma, the temperature was in the 50s, and the rain portended another day of storms; twelve hours earlier, first responders had switched their efforts at Plaza Towers Elementary School from “search and rescue” to “recovery.”

Maybe someone wiser than I can reconcile the juxtaposition of our relatively happy morning with the indescribable emotions experienced simultaneously in Moore. Maybe we can find some unity between the morning’s innocent play with sidewalk chalk and the more complex, even dark details of other parts of our day, our week, our month.

Or maybe not.

In the next few weeks, outside of our portfolio preparation, we’re going to consider the ways that contradiction, incongruence and irreconcilables somehow make sense in the light of human experience.

We’re going to watch a documentary film, “A Nation of Soldiers,” made by an NCHS alum, to see the way location can create a divided sense of self among people only a few years older than you. We’re going to read sets of poems from William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience

, which is subtitled, “Showing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul,” and we’re going to read Night, Elie Wiesel’s first person account of his experiences in Nazi death camps.

And who knows, maybe we’ll figure something out about the factors that develop our humanity.

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