A Time for Hawkie
Thoreau's Journal: 24-Apr-1859

There is a season for everything, and we do not notice a given phenomenon at any other season, if, indeed, it can be called the same phenomenon at any other season. There is a time to watch the ripples on Ripple Lake, to look for arrowheads, to study the rocks and lichens, a time to walk on sandy deserts; and the observer of nature must improve these seasons as much as the farmer his. So boys fly kites and play ball or hawkie at particular times all over the State. A wise man will know what game to play to-day, and play it.

1 comment:

Jessie said...

In Thoreau's "Walden", the book is divided seasonally, as Thoreau wants to explain how natural phenomenons are found at different points throughout the year. The novel starts off in summer with Economy, as Thoreau focuses on himself and settling into nature and all of its offerings. As the seasons progress, Thoreau's appreciation towards nature gradually increases, and begins to understand the true importance of living and experiencing natural life. In modern society, it is necessary to take Thoreau's view into account, as new seasons come with change and our attitudes must shift. We must understand and embrace the shift in nature, and change our daily lives as a result.