Sunrise 24 July 2021 - EMMA PARKINSON
What a revealing experience – completely unexpected and a revelation about the surprising places your mind can drift.
I had little preparation for the experience, being asked last night to take part this morning – I see this as a positive.
This was an experience of reality – I knew I could leave, I volunteered, I agreed and yet there were moments of time where I felt a loss of liberty or being trapped. Couple this with being totally exposed by two windows and yet being hidden above – unseen.
Complete serenity and silence at times heavily punctuated by seagull song. A moment of peace and freedom. The two windows provided such differing experiences although I would not say our city was asleep. Two directions – heading home and heading out.
Seeing people go about their business and realizing the reality of ‘life goes on’. I never take time out like this. I am good at relaxing – but this was different.
Clouds obstructed any view of the actual rise of the sun but I was very aware of the moment; I still knew it was there . . . .
I call this city my home and have done all of my life. I’ve loved, I’ve lost and I was reminded of this as I looked out. Precious memories of my 41 (and a bit!) years.
Cheese and celery sandwiches from Marks & Spencers with my Grandma in Queen’s Gardens, teenage years shopping, early adulthood making my way to where I am.
Heritage – the River and the docks, ships and industry. My Grandad, my son, Josh 19, jumping into my thoughts all the time. Punctuated by graffiti – COVID 19 84! A reminder of recent times.
A grown man choosing to jump on to the wall and walk along it instead of the path . . . such a long hour in that box but also so short. A moment to cherish.
Forever, this moment in time will be a comma in my life story.