It is not wrong to say that the reveal is everything. Take any dramatic moment and it is that change from not knowing to knowing, from not seeing to seeing, or from naïveté to knowledge. From this abstract we can extrapolate to the more concrete, the more real.
Today’s Perfect Moment is a look at one such reveal as it happened today.
I awoke to a grey morning or wet sidewalks and threats of even greater rain. Threats which delivered on themselves shortly after I arrived at work and was scanning the last few columns of the commuter newspaper.
Before you jump to any conclusions, this is not the reveal. And obviously this is not the calm before the storm….because this is the storm.
While students are working, or talking or doing whatever it is that students do (texting probably) I often steal glances outside my classroom window. Having already seen some of these scenes, you have a clear idea of the view I have. During the rain, this view was less than pleasant.
Today’s Perfect Moment was when the suddenly black and wet streets were brilliantly showered in sunlight. The damp asphalt took on a brilliant shine and the puddles had an eerie reflective quality, capturing not only the light, but also the sky.
More remarkable was how it happened. Rather than turn away from the somewhat Orwellian landscape, only to find it suddenly bright, my reveal was the extreme opposite. While watching out the window while the students worked on their listening comprehension, I saw the bright sun make its appearance. I saw the clouds being driven away. I saw darkness retreat. It was an amazing transformation. It was perfect.