Posted by: dsduffy | February 17, 2010

A walk down Mills Street

Having 30 minutes to kill, while Cameron was at school for his assessment, I decided to get a coffee and take a walk. How often do we really look around, listen to the sounds, take in the smells – of the streets we drive down everyday?

The almost-screech of the tram wheels as it travels along the tracks, making its stops, the doors creaking as they open to let the passengers on and off. A dog barking across the street, the magpies calling to one another from the swaying trees above. A breeze blows by filling my ears with a whoosh as it blows my hair the wrong way. The sounds of a playdate from a house with its windows open to catch the same breeze. A helicopter whizzes overhead, kids laughing at the kinder. A cyclist skirts through the roundabout, the flip-flop of my shoes. The bluest sky dashed with wispy clouds, the vibrant red and white flowers. A smile from an old man raking his front lawn, the buzz buzzing of a circular saw.

The time is up as I reach the school gate. Entering the school it all changes to the sounds of children’s voices and doors closing. A hug from my son and off we go to the rest of our day.


  1. Sounds like you are living “in the moment”. It’s amazing all the things you can hear and see when you have your ears and eyes open… It’s almost as beautiful as having your “heart” open.
    You are truly an inspiration to me ;0)

  2. you really did put me in the moment with that post – and I know that none of us take enough time just to be and to listen and to watch – thanks for reminding me to do so!

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