Shelton-Mason County Journal - Dedicated to the citizens of Mason County, Washington since 1886

Keeping an eye on skater girl and child


February 23, 2023

It’s hard to watch humans without judging, but it can be a liberating activity. Be the observer. Drop your ego, shut up, turn off the sensors that require you to criticize. Let a scene play out in front of you. Watch. Listen.

Here’s a scene I witnessed some summers ago: A woman who looked to be in her mid-20s was standing at the entrance to a crosswalk on a downtown street around dusk. I was in my car, stopped at a red light, when the woman caught my attention to my right.

The woman bore a full backpack, she had a beverage in one hand, and one foot was on a skateboard while her other f...

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