I worked as a lifeguard at a pool in southwest Virginia that hosts some of the largest swim meets in the state. It draws in people from as far as NOVA, VA beach, and sometimes South Carolina during inter-state meets, and every where in between. During one such inter-state meet, a very starry-eyed ten year old approached my stand during a break between warm-ups. I asked her if she needed help with something and she just turned to stare amazedly toward the wall. She took in a breath and said in the most awe-struck voice, “The windows here are huuuuuuge.” before looking back to me with those same eyes and her jaw dropped. “Are they all like this around here?” I explained to her that no, the building was just fairly new and the designer wanted natural lighting so that it would be pretty. She continued to stare before looking contemplative. “I could stack four or five whole elephants in front of those windows and see all of them,” she frowned, “the windows at my pool are only big enough to see a baby elephant.” and then walked away. I do not know whether or not this child has seen any windows that stretch four stories before, but I am delighted that she uses elephants as a visual aid for the comparison of heights.
Eh, hi, just wanted to say that besides doing amazing stuff, you're really great at being a contagiously, brightly glowing human being, y'know? I mean, I've been in bit of a bad place longer I'd like to, at the time I found your blog I just had started to get my head out of it; I had to run some errands today and thought I couldn't deal with it, but then I thought I'd just try smiling wide like TT, and like, it was all fine. So instead of asking for a hug, I'd like to give you a big one. Thanks.