Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Watching the cars go by

When I was just but a wee one, I used to enjoy standing on our front balcony and looking down at the cars going by. This was probably one of my favorite things to do at night while the family watched TV.

Some of the time my brother Jeffrey would be standing beside me doing the same thing and some of the time our cousins would join us. Then there were the times when I would be alone. These were the best times for me, when I could just stand there by myself and allow my imagination to roam as I looked down at the cars driving by.

In those days I had just enough vision to make out the colors and sizes of the cars driving by and I could distinguish them without much difficulty from the trucks, bicycles, motorcycles, and buses.

I truly enjoyed watching them go by and I would make up little games in my head such as: To see which color car was the most popular, which type of vehicle drove by the most, plus more.

My limited sight did not allow me to see much more than this but I was always so happy to just stand there and watch. I was never sure how long I would stand there but my parents never seemed to mind me doing it. The air was fresh and cool, the smell of the road was so enjoyable, and the passersby never seemed to care that someone may have been looking down on them.

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