there are some pretty things about living in a city, even if they are different than flowers and trees and birds singing. i really like watching this shadow change slowly through the afternoon, it's like a sundial that covers the whole side of our house. this city is full of surprises, too. i heard a lawn mower yesterday and realized immediately not only that i hadn't heard that sound in months but also that someone is holding out a lawn on me! where is it?!