“It’s in the Clouds”

Have you ever seen a two-legged horse?
An elephant with a disappearing trunk or a dog with wings?
Of course you have! Just look up.

They’re all in the clouds.

clouds-1Ever since I was a little girl I have had a fascination with clouds. My childhood chore was keeping the weeds pulled between the cracks in the sidewalk in front of and around our house. When I’d tire of scraping them out with my dull old butter-knife, (which was about every ten minutes), I’d just lie back over in the grass and watch the clouds roll by. That’s when my imagination kicked in. No longer was I just seeing clouds, but slightly misshapen turtles, elephants with duck feet, perhaps an octopus with two legs.  Then, within moments, as if by magic, the turtle had become an umbrella, the elephant lost his trunk and the octopus was merely a blob providing shade from the sun.  About that time Mom would catch me “lying down on the job” and back to the sidewalk I would scramble. But now as I pulled weeds my imagination began to wonder what would happen if elephants really had duck feet.  Would they waddle? Or what would you call and octopus with only two legs – a “duopus”? Later, when I asked my mom these questions, I’m sure she thought I’d gotten a touch of heat stroke while pulling weeds…

I’ve never outgrown my love or fascination of clouds. People often honk at me at stoplights because I’m gazing up at the clouds looking for shapes instead of waiting for the light to change.  That’s okay. I don’t want to miss some crazy, misshapen animal that will make me smile and light up my day. You can imagine my joy when our boys, as children, also found all sorts of creatures and shapes in clouds. Whether they were climbing a tree or just chasing each other around the yard, I’d hear them yell, “Hey, look at that cloud. It’s a frog with wings!” And they would all bust up laughing.

I guess what I’m saying is that having an imagination is a wonderful thing. Spending time lying on your back in the grass looking at clouds is never a waste of time.

This month we are sharing books about clouds. Oh, these books are fun! They are also interesting and informative. Why not grab an old blanket, plop it out in the yard, curl up with your kids and look at some clouds as you enjoy reading about them? Let your imaginations run free – who knows what creatures you may find hidden in a cloud!  Send us your pictures! We’d love to see them!

Mary Byrne Kline

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