Now that my new knee is making real progress, I am spending more time reading Bonnie Whitehouse’s Journal, Afoot and Lighthearted. One of her gems is her page on sauntering and a quote from Thoreau:
“I have met with but one or two persons in the course of my life who understood the art of Walking, that is, of taking walks — who had a genius, so to speak for sauntering.”
Isn’t sauntering a wonderful word. For me, it invokes an image of walking without destination or purpose. A saunterer isn’t checking his emails or talking to his office through a headset. He is at home in the walk itself.
Bonnie says: “Sauntering is a human art practiced by those who understand that walking can be a way to transcend the humdrum of everyday life by finding a home in our inherent wildness and holiness.
Replacing a knee makes one appreciate the art of walking and especially anxious to return to sauntering. This week make time for a long saunter.