Imperceptible Changes

I love time lapse videos. They reveal imperceptible changes. I love how, in my own environment, flowers open, grass grows, and children transform. Even I’m changing in imperceptible ways. We are growing. We are. I like to remember this when I think that nothing’s happening.

I look over at the water lily in a cup of water. Each night, she closes tightly (how? when?). I try to catch her in the act, but the imperceptible changes make it impossible. I look over, and she’s inched her way closed. In the morning, she opens so slowly I cannot ever see it happening. But it is happening. I know it when I see the final product of that open bloom.

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