Today was a beautiful day for January, sunny and calm around 30 degrees F. I completed 17,050 lines today and collected twenty or so new sticks and branches for drawing lines from the trees around Montrose Harbor.
The sad indicator when drawing so many lines, is that doing lines quickly and efficiently becomes the goal. Even counting efficiently is important for two reasons: one, it helps keep the count accurate, and two, it keeps the numbers from racing though my head in bed at night. I started counting 1,2,3 for the tens column, not even counting each line. The rhythm of drawing the lines makes it so that I just know when the next ten comes up. This way I can count to 40 for 400. But what does it say about a war where up to 100,000 died and 400,000 were injured in 43 days! And what about all the widows who are struggling from 30 years and 3 war in Iraq.