1Waking Up to Nature
o see what is in ont o one’s nose needs a constant struggle.
George Orwell, “In Front o Your Nose”
Te obscure we see eventually. Te completely obvious, it seems,takes longer.
Edward R. Murrow, as quoted in
Mad about Physics
by Christopher Jargodzki
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
Henry David Thoreau,
■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Alhough some wai unil aernoon, mos college sudens wake up early in he morning o he maddening sound o an alarm clock. As he con-rapion beeps or buzzes, Joe College reaches ou o his slumber, his hesnooze buton, rolls over, and goes back o sleep. Tis sequence replaysrepeaedly unil a las he hrows back he blankes and ges ou o bed.He’s lae again so he’ll have o hurry i he wans breakas beore class.Sumbling oward he bahroom, Joe begins a morning rouine so wellchoreographed he should ge a credi in dance or is awless execuion:He seps up o he urinal, relieves himsel, ushes, shufes o he sink,pumps he soap, washes his hands, dries hem on a paper owel, aimsa adeaway sho oward he wasebaske, and reaches or his oileries.Grossed ou by his morning breah, he grabs oohbrush and oohpase,urns on he waer, wes he brush, spreads pase on he brisles, and be-gins o brush his eeh. In he mirror, his amiliar ace seems o be spor-ing a caveman wig, so oday is a shower day, or a leas a ha day. Spitingin he sink, Joe reels oward he showers and he dance coninues. Joe’s siser, meanwhile, ollows a relaed rouine. She checks her e-mail,scans he news eed on Facebook, clicks he syllabus or EnvironmenalSudies 11 o make sure she has he reading righ, pulls up her Googlecalendar o conrm oday’s aciviies, and heads or he showers. Shelahers up, shampoos her hair, rinses wih condiioner, shaves, and en- joys a ew addiional minues o ho, seamy waer beore she concludes.