I love prepositions in general. When I was in the classroom teaching English, the students always had fun coming up with extreme examples, once I set them loose with my proviso: prepositions simply explain where Tweety Bird runs trying to get away from Sylvester the Cat. Or Rocky flies to allude Boris and Natasha. Or The Joker hides to escape Batman. You get the idea. Of course, that could be anywhere: over the rainbow, into the cage, beyond the horizon, beside the dog, up up and away, and under the bridge are just a few options.
For me, UNDER has always been an especially lively preposition. My favorite, I guess. Cats—wild and domesticated—find refuge UNDER a rock formation or UNDER a table.
Some animals live UNDER the ground or UNDER the water, but pop UP to visit.
Some look UNDER water for lunch.
If you are so inclined, you could hike UNDER arches and natural bridges, such as Angel Arch (Canyonlands National Park, Utah) or Rainbow Bridge (Lake Powell, Utah).
At Christmas, my dog’s favorite place was sleeping UNDER the Christmas Tree, waiting for Santa and hoping Grandma might drop some of the candy she hid UNDER the Christmas tree skirt.
Of course, one of the best views is being UNDER an UMBRELLA. My favorite Umbrellas were displayed by Christo as an art exhibit along I-5 UP the middle of California. Christo placed yellow umbrellas in California and blue umbrellas in Japan, creating a temporary international art exhibit back in October 1991. The umbrellas were on display for several weeks—a piece of art you had to experience at the time because it would not last. To learn more about the Christo’s Umbrellas, you can view my earlier posts: Christo’s Umbrellas: A Look Back and Christo’s Umbrellas: The Japanese Route.
This post is my response to Sunday Stills, The Next Challenge: The Letter “U.” To see the other responses, visit here.