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'On Looking' inspires rumination on the influence of perspective
Several years ago, my daughter, who is now 7, drew a picture of the gym where she was taking gymnastics. My main impression of this gym was that it smelled of dirty socks and that it was a hectic place. But how did my preschooler see it? Her drawing included mats, balance beams, vaulting horses and bars. But she had spent far more time on two less obvious features of her gym. One was the gargantuan and loud fan that the coaches ran during the summer. This fan dominated her drawing, and she had drawn lines showing air rushing from it. The other was the small set of metal bleachers where the parents sat. I was there, helpfully labeled in her childish script, "Mama."
March 1, 2013