the sun kisses my skin.
It’s a wonderful world.
Let the new day begin!
from: Before I wake Up...
written and illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
Prestel, Verlag/Random House, 2016
Here I am in sunny Florida, again.
Sunset is just before 7:00 this time of year. Last Saturday, my husband and I walked to the beach, even though we knew we would not see the sun set. Too cloudy. The sun did set, though.
The sky did not bloom into tangerine, violet, salmon, lilac, fuchsia, melon, marigold. The oily water did not send cantaloupe rays out from the sinking spot to the shore. The sun did not melt into the water like a buttery puddle. But still, it happened. Another day softened into evening and night.
The sun sets, but clouds, tall buildings, important or distracting conversations get in the way and I miss it. Things happen whether I pay attention or not. My world view is not shattered, though.
According to Merriam-Webster.com cosmology is a: a branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of the universe b: a theory or doctrine describing the natural order of the universe. Cosmetology is the job or skill of giving beauty treatments to women by washing and cutting hair, applying makeup, etc.
Cosmetology and cosmology actually are related. Cosmology comes from Greek: Kosmos “order, world” + -logia “discourse.” Cosmetic (cosmetology) also comes from Greek: Kosmos and -ology “a subject of study or interest” and evolved through the French in the early 17th century to cosmetique and English cosmetic. Both involve order and adornment.
Everyone’s view of reality is different. We all adorn our world order with ornaments to fit our own unique categories.
And so back to the sunset. Beautiful and fleeting. Real and ephemeral. Universal and unique.
Mother Nature adorns her world.
Vibrant and subtle.
Butterflies, flowers, trees in all their shades of green.
My eyes, mesmerized and
scrutinize, organize, mythologize it all.
Until I blink
for a second
and it’s gone. --stay curious!