Friday, March 8, 2013

Follow the Snail Trail

Can you see it there in the middle of my lovely weeds? A charming little snail posed on a blade of grass. I almost stepped missed it. Just a little thing, but when I noticed him, I wanted to stop for a closer look.
I wondered how in the world did the blade of grass not bend to the ground? Why was he crawling up the flimsy tower anyway?
As I peered closer I could see this snails shell is battle scarred. By birds, reptiles or what, I don't know? Yet this tiny thing in my yard made a big impression that day. Hey, I ran back inside and got my camera.

When you write fiction or nonfiction, just a little thing taken down a "snail trail" might make a big impression. Small things do matter. (Why does the man always sit with his back to the wall, the dog jump at blowing flags, the child suddenly tremble, the teen wash his hands constantly...?)

"This is a large work I've called you into, but don't be overwhelmed by it. It's best to start small. Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty, for instance. The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice. You won't lose out on a thing." Matthew 10:41-42 (MS)

May we notice the little things both in writing and living.



Jean Wise said...

Karen this is wonderful. The Photo and the Message. wow what a great way to start my day. Thank you. said...

Karen, Every time you post I am surprised by your clever use of photography and words. This one is extra special. Thanks. Clella

Laura@OutnumberedMom said...

Love how this is true in life, and true in writing, too! You amaze me, Karen, at what you see and perceive!

Kindred Heart Writers said...

Thanks y'all. The snail just begged to be photographed! :) Really....