Random Acts of Interpretation

When I lived in Portland, Oregon, I took the bus everywhere. Sometimes it meant standing in the rain or being crushed against a damp herd of strangers, but it also often meant walking through beautiful neighborhoods and getting to see things blossom in the springtime.

On one such jaunt, I happened to be walking through a small park; really, more of a median to get from one side of a main road to the other. I almost missed it, but noticed this sign taped to a tree:

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So I did.

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I wish I had better photos, but I only had my cell phone with me that day. I was so excited that I told everyone I knew about this magical mushroom and the sweet, amazing person that told me about it via hand-written note. I wondered how many people had noticed that day, or, perhaps equally as curious, how many hadn’t. I wondered if the anonymous nature-lover had posted more signs around the city, or if this was a regular gig whereby said interpreter sought out secret goodies to expose via note. It was so exciting (and I don’t give one shit how dorky that is) that I wanted to run around the city myself and recreate the experience for others.

What would the world look like if we took the time to point out things of beauty and curiosity to strangers? I love this random act of interpretation.

Have you ever seen anything like this before? If so, please tell us in the comments! :) Thanks for reading!

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Posted on March 6, 2014, in Naturalist Notebook and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Loved this, Nicole! Maybe I’ll start doing this too! Leanna

    Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 12:02:49 +0000 To: leanna_v@hotmail.com

  2. If that’s dorky, I wanna be a dork! Oh, guess I already am – what a great story, thanks for sharing!

  3. Fan of North Mountain

    What a nice stranger! A super way to share enthusiasm, not dorky in my book!

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