The Gutter and the Stars

My son James and I have been reading the great book by Brian Selznick, Wonderstruck.  In the story, one of the primary characters, Ben, frequently remembers a quote his mother posted on their fridge:  We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.  I love this line and had to explain it to James

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The gutter is really the place where all the debris of daily life flows away.  In this line from Selznick’s book, I explained, we are all living among this debris, but some of us have the capacity, or at least the desire, to image something beyond.

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Two pictures of the same spot in a gutter made in Denver, March 2015.

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