I've just finished reading Alexander McCall Smith's lovely novel by the same name as the title of this post and am sharing a few words of dialog from it with other cloud-gazers at SKYWATCH FRIDAY. "Clouds.." is the ninth in McCall-Smith's Isabel Dalhousie series. Nothing wildly out of the ordinary ever really happens in the Isabel books, but she has a rich inner life as well as a mostly happy outer one!
So probably it is no wonder that she is a cloud-gazer (and I'm guessing M-Smith, one of my favorite authors, is too!).
...It made her dizzy to look at clouds when they were moving, as these were, and Isabel reached for Jamie's arm so that they might stop for a moment.
"Look at those clouds" she said. "They're very high. Cirrus, I think."
Jamie looked up too. "I don't know the names. Does it help if you know the names?"
She shrugged. "In the same way as it helps to know the names of trees. Or flowers. People tend to know about trees and flowers, but not about clouds. Strange isn't it?"
Maybe it's because they're always there," said Jamie. "We take for granted things that are always there."
And, like the rest of us SKYWATCHERS, Isabel goes on to think about how important it is not to take for granted things that are always there. She doesn't either! (And nor do I ever take for granted the work of the Skywatch Friday hosts. Thank you!)