Gentle

Bambi and Flower,* on the hill

I’m listening. Monday, at the OSU Dance Department Meet-and-Greet, faculty member Susan Petry encouraged us to be gentle with ourselves and each other as we negotiate a pandemic semester. And at the closing session of a recent Alexander Technique workshop, Bob Lada, professor at Boston’s Berklee School of Music, stated his intention to teach with a quality of gentleness this fall.

What a lovely word. I commend to you the efficacy of simply speaking it, or thinking it, and then noting the changes—–perhaps to your breath, your head/spine, your clenched toes. Gently as we go—–

*In Disney’s 1942 animated film, Bambi and Flower the Skunk become fast friends. Gentle creatures, both.