Sunday, May 13, 2007

walking in the park

morning walk

I woke up really early on Saturday morning after having a bad dream and couldn't fall back asleep. From about 4:45 Am on, I was wide awake. After watching the sun come up and still not feeling sleepy, I left the apartment at 6 Am and headed for Central Park. I was mainly curious to see if 1) there was anyone in the subway at 6 Am on a Saturday and 2) if there was anyone besides homeless and raving lunatics in the park at that hour.

waiting

After arming myself with a coffee and a lemon slice I walked tentatively into the park - even at 6:30 there was so much light but I still had that nervous feeling that arises everytime you're in New York and there's hardly anyone around. I sat on a rock with my journal and studied my surroundings: mainly joggers, bicyclists, and people walking their dogs. Only a few homeless shaking off the sleepies, and thankfully, no lunatics. It was such a gorgeous feeling, to be under the green trees and listen to the world waking up. I had this squirrel companion who I swear was messing with me - every time I'd turn my head he'd be standing extremely close to me, as if he was testing my peripheral vision...

so pink

And the flowers. I found a secret spot near a fountain that hadn't been discovered by the dog people. A man who looked very not sane (but seemed otherwise harmless) stood motionless by huge clumps of pink flowers. There was a quietness in the park that I so often crave - no roaring buses, sirens, people screaming, horns honking, conversations, dog barks, or cellphone talkers. Just a wonderful silence punctuated by birds and the wind moving through the trees. And flowers that filled my head with colored dreams when finally I came back home and fell asleep...

6 comments:

corina said...

Great walk, thank you for sharing!

Taryn said...

Sometimes I wish I didn't enjoy sleeping in as much as I do, because I love that silent morning experience as well, but rarely get to experience it.

Thanks for sharing the moment with us.

Billie said...

Thank you for sharing your morning walk. It's something I should do, it's not unusual for me to wake up at 4 or 5am on a weekend. I'm just lazy! It's quiet, except for the birds chirping, I love the early mornings.

floresita said...

Thanks corina, taryn, and billie, for joining me on my walk! :)

Early morning is definitely so peaceful in New York - I think Sunday is hands down the quietest... :)

Scribbles & Bits said...

that squirrel does look a bit squirrelly. Ahem. I couldn't help myself. Thanks for sharing your lovely walk with us!

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