The other day I was in my photography class, printing a black and white picture of a horse. Another student commented on it and I mentioned that the horse was sleeping when I took the photo.
"Yeah, all three of them were," I told her, though you couldn't see the other two horses in the picture.
"Why were they sleeping?"
"It was sunny. I guess it made them sleepy. They sleep standing up."
I don't know why I told her that last piece of information. Maybe I sensed she didn't know. And I was right. She didn't and was suitably impressed. It always boggles my mind when people don't know things that you take completely for granted.
It's like this time I wrote a short story and described a character looking out their window at a duck blind on the James River. I read the story aloud to my writing class, and one of the comments I got back from my classmates was their confusion about the duck blind. That surprised me, because it had never occurred to me that everyone wouldn't know what a duck blind was.
But then again, there's so much I don't know or have only very recently learned. For instance, a friend once scolded me for getting out on the street-side of a taxi in New York. I guess it's easier to get hit by a car that way. And my New Yorker friends take this knowledge completely for granted. Yet they don't know that horses sleep standing up.
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