My friend asked me "what's the word for today?" Isn't she sweet? Each day she reads my blog post and views my photos. Now she's hooked on my results for creativity boot camp. That's so nice....she has a very kind soul. When I told her "hush" she thought it a difficult task, but I did not.
There is a difference between hush and hushed and I've been thinking about these two words today. Hush has a sweet innocent connotation; it's pretty and refined. But adding "e-d" creating hushed changes the word's intent to something less desirable, something squelched or less than, something dysfunctional or unwanted.
See my world is hushed now; hushed is my normal. There is also shushed...and I have been shushed and I don't like it. It hurts when people shush me for I don't realize when I'm too loud. Everything I hear is hushed as if coming through a filter. Being shushed feels like a scolding for just being myself. I only need be made aware, not shushed.
Strangely, most often I am the opposite of hush....loud, vibrant, energetic, bold, swift, intense....it is hard to now be hushed in my life, but it is so. Today I took the dog for a walk in the woods. I am fortunate to have access to wooded trails that are rarely used by others so I can be alone and my dog can run free. In the woods I find a sense of hush, undisturbed, and natural....it feels comforting for me to be there, peaceful.
I also visited Wells Beach which soon will be bustling with summer visitors. I found it a bittersweet hush in comparison to what it will be within the next week or so as vacations begin. I too thought of wispy flowers and quiet rural scenes as representing hush in its sweetest sense.
On my travels home this evening I photographed several old buildings. When you sell real estate you sometimes know when a property has been vacant for a lengthy period of time. I thought about these houses as hushed and unloved. They sit waiting for someone to adopt them and restore them to former glory....to undo the "hushing" which is what they are now...hushed.
Check out my photographic representations of hush and hushed and many thanks for looking and your kind comments, I do enjoy them.