Looks: Even as I watch my water sit completely still, I notice small movements in the surface of the water. It seems as though the vibrations from the room make the water pulsate and the light reflects off the water back and forth. Small vibrations from children near the table send the water moving inward in all directions and outward, making crashing ripples. Looking at the pattern in the table through my water distorts my view, twists the grain of the fake wood, and magnifies what is behind. Pouring one cup of water into the other causes tiny bubbles to plummet to the bottom of the cup and rise to the surface, disappearing into the air. Tiny water droplets stick to the side of the cup, refusing to succumb to gravity!
Smells and Tastes: I love the fresh smell of water straight from the tap - there is no minerally smell like I drank out in the country out of the wells. This smells clean and pure. Thank goodness for Chicago water! When I taste it, it is slightly cold and travels quickly down my throat, unlike milk or orange juice which seems much thicker. Water doesn't seem to coat my throat, either. The after-taste of water is slightly metallic.
Feels: When I stick my finger in my cup of water, I immediately notice that it is colder than I imagined. It was nice to "puncture" the surface of my water and watch my finger move around. The tip of my finger immediately feels cooler than the rest of my hand. Other fingers feel jealous and want to take a dip as well. When I lift my finger out of the cup, water clings to it and doesn't want to get off! I feel a drip slide slowly down one finger and dive onto the floor. Others are close behind. I take a paper towel and wipe off the stragglers, making my finger feel warm once again.
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