Favorite Small Things (June 2022)
At the end of each month, I make a list of my favorite small things that I spot along the way.
Here is June’s:
Seeing a Chevy Nova on the Road
The first cars I remember were a yellow Chevy Nova and a white Datsun B210. In Kindergarten, my teacher showed a film strip about what happened to you if you didn’t wear your seatbelt. I came home crying. The Datsun didn’t have seatbelts. I don’t remember if the Chevy did.
Seeing this blue Chevy Nova made my heart jump a little.
A Dandelion Storm
It looked like snow, but it was dandelion tufts. So many tufts that they lined the street with fluff.
I did a little searching on the topic (like I did on pine cones after I saw cones hanging from a tree for the first time this past winter). Here’s what I learned about dandelions:
In 2018, according to this NY Times article, scientists discovered that dandelion seeds, when adrift, produce a vortex that had never been seen before. Apparently the tuft, called a pappus, can travel more than 60 miles and is kept afloat by the interaction of the air flow with the filaments.
So if that’s the case, just how many dandelions were there this year! And how did they all end up on my block? I consider myself fortunate.
A new type of storm:
Watching a Google Doc Populate
I was captivated watching a Google Doc populate as 7th grade students typed responses to a prompt in a mini-college course about graphic novels. It’s generally compelling to watch a Google Doc move in real time, but even more so when middle school students are the authors.
I finally watched a video about how to apply nail wraps, and I decided to give them a try. Here’s my camouflage ones that I used to entertain myself during geocaching.
So easy. Press, cut and file. They lasted about a week before the bottoms started curling up. But I highly recommend.
Thanks for reading my favorite things list from June 2022! What are some favorite small things you’ve spotted recently?
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