I don’t have all or even some of my ducks in a row…these aren’t even my ducks, and they looked just as confused as I do. We should all take a deep breath…and crawl back into bed until the weekend. Happy Wednesday!
[T]he blush of Spring, the blossom of Summer, the flame of Autumn, the sparkle of Winter, and the violet-softened refulgence of every waking moment yield a never failing succession of delights. ~Horace Fletcher, Menticulture, 1895
For more Variations on a Theme.
It’s funny. For years, I dreamed of the day when I could trade my small town for the wide world, but after a short time, I started to miss rambling down familiar streets. I missed the stars overhead at night, and the smell of the river in the Spring. Of everything I’ve come to love this town, I look forward to time near the river. I don’t know if it’s because it wends its way predictably and constantly in a world that is anything but constant. Or if it’s because it conjures up memories of bike rides to it in the summer, or McDonald’s picnics on a Sunday afternoon, or even stolen kisses with a sweetheart, the rushing water covering the pounding of my heart. Whatever it is, its draw is unmistakable, and whenever I see it, I feel like I’m visiting an old friend.
On the long May weekend, I packed the boys (and the guinea pig because who doesn’t like driving for 3 hours with a small barn in the back seat) and visited my folks. We went for a walk along the river to see if the water, which had been overflowing the banks earlier in the week, had receded. In most places it was, except along the western edge where the mouth of the river widened.
I wish I had appreciated the beauty and character of my small town more before I moved away, but I’m thankful that I can always come home to say “hello, old friend”.
So old friends you must forget what you had to forgive
And let love be stronger than the feelings
That rage and run beneath the bridge
Knowin’ morning follows evening
Makes each new day come as a gift
– Rich Mullins, Hello Old Friend
Nature says thou shalt keep the air, skate, swim, walk, ride, run. When you have worn out your shoes, the strength of the sole leather has passed into the fibre of your body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats and clothes you have worn out. He is the richest man who pays the largest debt to his shoemaker.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1851
A river runs through my town, and anyone who has frequented my blog has seen photos of my river…from the small bridge near my parents’ home at the north end, to the Falls and Boardwalk at the south end.
The foundation of the bridge near my parents’ home is all the remains – I couldn’t even find a photo of it on the internet, prior to its collapse when I was a teenager. I suspect most of the local residents are unfamiliar with its story.
This bridge is named after a descendant of slaves brought north by a Loyalist family, one of the first settlers just east of town. Some of the slaves, once freed men, became well-known and prominent businessmen. One man became the proprietor of a major stage line, bringing passengers and packages between cities. Another man owned a livery and a successful tavern. Unfortunately, the man who settled on this river, and for whom the bridge is named, was drowned in the river. At this time, there is no known person of the name now living.
“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” – Leonardo da Vinci
To see more Local photos from other photographers, click here.
“Well the ducks go by -Quack quack quack quack
Things go up things go down
And the world goes ’round
And around and around and around
And God lives on” – Larry Haron
“There are no makeovers in my books. The ugly duckling does not become a beautiful swan. She becomes a confident duck able to take charge of her own life and problems. -Maeve Binchy
“The pond-lily is a star and easily takes the first place among lilies; and the expeditions to her haunts, and the gathering her where she rocks upon the dark, secluded waters of some pool or lakelet, are the crown and summit of the floral expeditions of summer.” – John Burroughs
“Nature struck me as a symphony that plays on whether or not I stop to listen. If we cannot judge for certain whether the universe is friendly, at least we can judge it a font of limitless beauty.” – Max Lucado
To see more “Mirror” photos, click here.
I need the funny because they're teenagers now
Notebooks from a trampfest. Travel tips, tales and images, online since 2006.
Humor at the Speed of Life
The daily dose of my life with 2 teenagers, 3 critters, my amazing hubby, LOTS of coffee and a side of wine - Cheers!
Come and enjoy the beach with me!
Photographe Reims France
Brought to you by caffeine and wishful thinking...
Tips and tricks to shoot some better photos of the most exciting places
Exploring my passion for photography one click at a time!
The Art and Craft of Blogging
Where all the cool squirrels hang out!
Woman travelling solo through the world and life.
My mid-life solo travel stories
Engaging Each Day with Action Words
Grab a Cup. Five Bucks at the Door.