Today's Wonder of the World is...the Pebble!
Flickr photo by SorbyRock
Sure, diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but plain old pebbles make me happy too.
I love to turn them over in my pocket, feeling the smoothness of them. I love to think about the water rushing over them for years and years, polishing away their rough edges.
Pebbles bring back childhood memories.
Did you collect them when you were little?
Flickr photo by e. holzer
Or feel them under your feet in a stream?
Flickr photo by Mwesigwa
Or try to skip them across the water?
Flickr photo by reyatutti
Did you ever build things with them or stack them up like an altar?
Flickr photo by Horsman
I'm not sure why, but I just love that photo--the balance, the roundness of the stones, the colors, the shadows. It just says peace to me.
I also love William Blake's poem The Clod and the Pebble.
If you're not a fan of poetry, you might like to read one of my favorite books for middle school, Christopher Paul Curtis's Bud, Not Buddy. Pebbles have a small part in the story.
And of course, I can't leave out Sylvester.
I'd almost forgotten about Sylvester until my mom told me that she'd recently read it to my niece and nephews and they'd really enjoyed it. I reread it and fell in love all over again. I like that William Steig recognizes that kids already know about sadness and loss and can handle a book that reflects those feelings. If you've never read it, I recommend it. It really is a beautiful story. (And it's not all sad. There's a very happy ending.)
Want to see something else that's beautiful?
Watch this video! It's the song Les Cailloux (The Pebbles) by the French group Oui Oui, directed by Michel Gondry. You'll enjoy it even if you don't know a word of French.
Have a wonder-full Wednesday, y'all!