Happy day of thanks to you: vegetarian, omnivore, pescetarian, vegan, animal, mineral, vegetable. Despite the strife world over, man-made and not, I think it is important to take even just a micromoment of pause and thank the air for the beauty of our breath. If you have been following along the acts of urban kindness, you should have taken a walk around your hood. If you haven’t, go on- get outside. I’ll wait. Really.
I hope your observations have grounded and connected you. I hope what you saw delights you.
In this spirit of delight, I’d like to share with you one of my favourite Australian picture books: Peggy by Anna Walker. A heart-warming story about a chook named Peggy who bounces around happily on her trampoline and watches the world transpire in the burbs. One day, she takes an unexpected wander on the wings of the wind, loses and surrenders herself in the city and finds her way back through her sheer power of observation. Ah yes, her observation of fellow feathered friends and a beacon of sunflowers. The book awakens the eyes with water-coloured beauty and two-paged spreads. Little did she know but Anna Walker took urban kindness 101 to heart (whimsy of exploration, powers of observations, opportunities to connect). Look at her inspiration board:
Ankle Biter 1 was read this book each evening straight for one month in the early months. He doesn’t remember. It did help him reach the pinnacle of sleeping through the night. Whether it was timing, I don’t know but I’d like to credit the book because before you say “the end” you just feel just a wee bit better about the world. It has a special place in my urban imagined primer because it takes place in Melbourne- ah lovely Collins Street and the dearth of brollies (how I miss you); Peggy takes public transport; it contrasts the cbd and the burbs; and, chooks, in the burbs! A gorgeous book for the bookshelf.