Descriptive Essay : ' A Blanket Of Quiet '

1214 Words Mar 15th, 2016 5 Pages
I glance up, the sunlight peaking through the far-flung branches of the sparse, old trees. The air is crisp and clean, the scent of spring floating on a soft breeze. A chill dances across the skin of my bare arms, sharpening the excitement evoked by the relative solitude. My bare feet step onto the cold, damp soil exposed by the worn path made by the frequent tread of young children. Usually when I traverse through the trees, I am chased by the loud and excited voices of younger children. My siblings, who always bound ahead of me through the dead leaves of past years, make more noise than their small bodies should be able to produce. Often I watch them run ahead of me, wondering that I had ever been so miniscule. Other days I race them up the hill, reveling in the advantage my longer legs give me. Or rare, precious days such as today, they choose to stay inside and I have the woods all to myself. A blanket of quiet settles over me, comforting, not smothering like it is in school. The stillness broken by the snap of branches as my clumsy footsteps fall in the wrong places and the scamper of chipmunks and song birds fleeing from my miniature destruction. The occasional whine of large trucks echoes from the highway far below. The incline is subtle, at first. It grows steeper with each stride, challenging my thin child legs to demonstrate the presence of lean muscle underneath. Boulders are strewn haphazardly across the slope, posing challenges long since conquered.…

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