Almanac Life – #hourlydaily scenes of life: #211 to #217

Is it just me? Or has the world seemed a little more bonkers than usual lately?


In May 2019 I started this daily project of mindfulness and observation. And imagination and writing. My idea is to be present, rather than careering down some imagined alley of anguish. Being present, living in the present moment, is something that babies do very well.


So amidst the tumult of world events, with this creative effort I started trying to be sufficiently “in the moment” that I could see things happening around me. Imagination plays a big role, too.


Happily, I’ve made a daily entry since 8 May. Here are my efforts from the past week. I hope you enjoy them.




#211 (Wednesday 4 December 2019)

Friend arrives on family’s doorstep.
-Hey, I’ve come bearing gifts.
-Whoah! So you have. Come in.
-Wow… these look incredible.
-Well… This is Japanese curry. This one is chicken. This one is tofu.
-Oh boy! Look at this, guys. We are so lucky.



#212 (Thursday 5 December 2019)

Woman spots her neighbour in the supermarket.
-Oh hi. Hey I was in your street earlier. I couldn’t get a park.
-No. That sounds right.
-Yeah, I had to double park while I ran into Sam’s. How are you going?
-Yeah, good. Did you hear about Al?



#213 (Friday 6 December 2019)

Seeing a man walking a dog on the other side of the street, a woman pauses at a doorway; she turns and crosses the road.
-Can I pat your dog?
-Sure. She’d love that.
-This will be my therapy; before I start work. *Pats dog* – Oh yes.
<to the dog>
-You are just what I needed.



#214 (Saturday 7 December 2019)

A heavily pregnant woman moves from bright sunlight into the shade of a jacaranda. She stands alone, silent; she sighs. One hand is on her hip. Absent-mindedly, her other hand slowly traces out a clockwise circle on her baby bulge. Around and around.


#215 (Sunday 8 December 2019)

Two young women walk; suburban street.
-Yeah, nah… he was like “no way,” and I was like “uh-uh man you don’t just get to walk away from that shit.”
-No way. Like what even is that?
-Yeah like what even is that shit? You know what it is? It’s… it’s like…
-He’s like a waste of space.



#216 (Monday 9 December 2019)

Woman answers her front door to find an old friend.
-Surprise! See? I made it.
-Ooooh you DID make it! You DID! You DID make it!
-I told you I would.
-You DID tell me. But ohmygod… it is SO GOOD to see you!
-I know!
-Ohmygodcomein! We have to hug right now!



#217 (Tuesday 10 December 2019)

Distracted parents juggle (each other, their own hopes, disappointments, projections).
-Will you take him after school tonight, or shall I?
-I’ll be home around 5:30pm.
-So… will you take him or shall I?
-Look, I’ll be home as soon I can…




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About David Wilson

David Wilson is a hydrologist, climate reporter and writer of fiction & observational stories. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and likes to walk around feeling generally amazed. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.

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