Day 31 – #SOL2021: Who has Seen the wind?

Who Has Seen the Wind?
by Christina Rossetti (late 1800’s)


Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.


Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by

March in Minnesota can’t quite decide if it wants to go out like a lamb or a lion. The sun continues to shine but the wind with dropping temperatures has taken over these last few days. We are sturdy Minnesotans and so out we go each day. “Little Man” and I find our coats, mud boots, hats and mittens if needed and out we go.

On this windy day (Wind recording at 24 mph at times) we tromp north up the street to our neighbors with all the glass sculptures and the cement Scotty Dog at the door. Little Man is hanging on with his little hand for the wind has stopped him in his tracks at times. We enter their curvy brick sidewalk to find a wind sculpture at Little Mans eye level. There are two wheels spinning in different directions and his eyes are wide. The bushes in front of him prevent him from grabbing it so we stand and watch. The ever present teacher and scientist in me begins to talk about the wind. How we only see what it moves. Yeah, right this little guy tracking all this, but I am a good teacher and continue.

He stands and watches as he finds a wind chime high in the tree move. Each of the chimes is really a length of different shaped mirrors with small bells on the end. As the sun hits the mirrors and the wind blows we are surround in flashes of light with tiny bell sounds. He spins and laughs as he follows the light.

Then it happens! There is the high light sound of chimes that pulls him from this light display and he begins to search. The sound is coming from across the street on a small hill among the trees. He has found a wind chime! A Win Chimie as he calls it.

We stand on the sidewalk in the cold blowing wind and watch and listen as it sings to us. The trees over head are dancing and swaying with the sounds we hear. He is transfixed and will not leave. I decide to walk us up the wood chip path that leads to the wind chime pole and allows him to get a first hand look. As he sits in my arms he reaches and helps the wind to keep the sound moving he smiles and laughs with delight. The air is whirling around us in big gusts. My ears and fingers are cold and Little Man’s hands are bright red but he is not going to leave.

I finally distract him with the idea of pasta for lunch and we head back across the street in a whirlwind of leaves blowing in his face and pushing his hair in all directions. “WIN,” he says! He mumbles win chimie all through lunch and falls into a deep afternoon nap listening to rain and wind chimes on the TV.

Oh we are not done! This boy finds another set of chimes in the afternoon. They are hanging high in another neighbors tree and we are in their backyard before I know it. We are standing and staring into the tree. Then a trip to the garden center with his Mother has them surrounded by wind chimes and Little Man will not leave with out buying one for Gramma!

So today – day two of strong winds we walk the neighborhood to check out the sounds – the wind sounds. We watch the trees dance and we return home to listen to baby’s win chimies blow on the screen porch.

So who has seen the wind? WE have!

Listen for the chimies

Watch the trees dance

Hear the giggle of a Little man

Running up and down the street

and you to will see the wind

Happy March Wind!

About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, care for my Grandson and write. Life is good!
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6 Responses to Day 31 – #SOL2021: Who has Seen the wind?

  1. Maureen Young Ingram says:

    You have beautifully captured this amazing moment of learning by your little one (I’m assuming, grandson?) – there is no greater gift, is there? Your description of the chimes – “Each of the chimes is really a length of different shaped mirrors with small bells on the end” – oh my, I want one of these for my grandchildren – these sound so magical.

  2. Amy Ellerman says:

    What a magical slice, hunting for wind chimes! There is so much joy in this story.

  3. Yesterday I heard the wind all day and tried to write about it, but ended up with a different slice because I just couldn’t get it right. You (and Little Man) did! Really enjoyed reading this.

  4. arjeha says:

    A good teacher can always find a teachable moment. Love the excitement and joy of Little Man finding the different “win chimies”.

  5. Ramona says:

    You captured the joy of little guy’s discoveries with: “He spins and laughs as he follows the light.” And then this: “As he sits in my arms he reaches and helps the wind to keep the sound moving he smiles and laughs with delight.” I love that he went to the garden center with Mom and picked out a wind chime for Gramma. It will bring hours of delight. Good luck with that Minnesota wind!

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