Saturday, March 18, 2017

March 18. Day 77. It's a kind of magic

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present." I have this Buddha quote on a little green cardboard square thanks to a living statue in the Queen Street Mall today. This golden bloke was apparently hovering mid air and in the process drawing quite a bit of attention to himself, as well he might. It looked awesome. People were gasping but then there were those determined to spoil. Someone who apparently know how it was done was determined to let everyone know just how "clever" he was. I was more than happy to know but heard it anyway which is a shame. For that moment at least I had been living in the present. Kids are much better at that. Just before hitting the Mall I had been at The Cube with my friend Alison and her three-year-old Elliott. He was blown away with the giant interactive screens which allowed he to throw virtual blocks into the air and watch them hover or fall. The massive screens demonstrated gravitational force. Touch the screen and you can move which planet you are on. The sun grows or shrinks and so does the gravity. On some planets it's really easy to propel the blocks into the air. On others almost impossible. Now Elliott is a very bright young thing but I'm pretty sure the finer points of all that were lost on him. But did he care? Not one bit. In that moment he was squealing with delight as he watched things fly and fall. And no-one tried to spoil it for him. Which is how it should be.

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