today i introduced the toddler girls to a roly poly on the sidewalk and they were poking it with a leaf for ten minutes. i was so amused by how they were so amused but i was so focused on how the roly poly would roll up into a ball and then uncurl itself only to curl up again in defense. and i thought that was so strong of the roly poly, i don’t know, and the way it defends itself using its own body as a shield. and i thought all of this was a metaphor for resilience and how we always get up and going no matter what happens to poke us the wrong way. it’s like we’re sowired for danger but we have the tools equipped to fight against it, at least most of the time. i was so flustered by this. i sat there on the sidewalk really emotional about this roly poly because i saw it as a symbol for just how strong everything in nature is, including us. including us

(july 8 2013)


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