Hallie Watson

 

 

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Rushing river

 

Rushing River (19.5x27.5)


 

Instructions For Making a Bridge


    Wearing rubber boots,  clomp along the cow path with your friend down to where the river comes from the long grass sunny meadow and enters into the cedar woods. Upon arrival breathe in the earthy delicious cedar smell.

    Taking a small stick walk into the deep woods waving the stick up and down in front of you to avoid walking face first into a spider web.

    Now make your way along the bank of the river or wade in it talking of all manner of things with your friend, and find a spot to build a bridge. Take about an hour to do this. There should be a sturdy rock or two in the river for support.

    Taking branches and bits of discarded cedar fence, make a bridge, constructing it with made up stories of who is crossing the river and why, weaving in small sticks and mermaid hair for tenuous strength. The constant music of the moving river is obviously a magic ingredient to your wonderful creation. Discuss at length how the bridge should be crossed. (First you put your foot here, like this...)

    Accept that your bridge is really never completed, since it is an evolving entity concerned with happenstance, movement and the physical vagaries of transition, balance, water force and mud.

    Above all! Try not to be astonished when your Dad comes, and tries to follow your instructions to cross to the other side and can’t do it because he is way too big. Too tall for the overhanging branches. Too heavy for the delicate construction. Adults turn out to be too big for young imaginations. Best to leave the crossing for fairies and squirrels, watched by water nymphs and fish, in the company of naiads, water spiders and ripples.