I was thrilled to come across the above words on Emily's Instagram. Her instagram name is "quietnoticing," and I can't help but think this is perfect for someone who sees the world intently as she does.
On this specific post she shared the things she noticed during her jog in the park. Being a jogger and noticer myself, I felt a kindred tie to the list she curated, and a gratitude that her list was so unique to her moment. It made me feel like there is plenty of wonder to go around.
I haven't found that many people (yet) who connect specific details from books with their real life. Now that I've started The Magic School, I am paying attention to my own tendency to do this, and definitely noticing when someone else does it.
For a lot of people, Just Guys as Mr. Margorium would call them, a stump is just a stump. Nothing to get excited about or even notice for that matter. For Emily, when she saw the stump she made the connection to The Giving Tree, which ends with the tree in stump form. This connection made my heart swell.
Growing up their was a stump that was in the forest behind us. The stump I used as a woodland table, where I would prepare a forest dinner of dirt, grass, sticks, and acorns.
Currently our home has a stump in the front yard. A couple weeks ago someone left a flyer on our porch about stump removal, to which my kids cried, "No, don't cut out the stump, we love it." It's their pitching mound in baseball and their base during tag or the place the person with the football stands in the game they call jackpot. The stump is part of their story, just like the stump in The Giving Tree was a part of the man's story.
Shel Silverstein did such a great job of conveying the relationship between a man and his tree or perhaps the tree and his man, that when Emily sees a stump, she feels that connection and with it a tinge of something magical in her own very real life. She is lucky to get to see a stump. My family is lucky to have the home on the street with the stump in the front yard.
This is what I find so powerful in the book/reality connection, and what The Magic School is all about.