Sunday, September 9, 2012

Right Around the Corner

and not too far away from my house is this river. I steal glances to my left and right every time I cross over it. Sometimes, like today, I have to stop, park, and walk back to the bridge to really see the river the way I want to. To see the way the clouds seem to hang, suspended, in the air above it, like they too don't want to leave. To see the way the trees are reflected in the water. To see the ripples from the current as it flows downstream. To imagine what it would be like to take a picnic down to the water's edge... right over there in that clearing.


When I looked down into the water I saw ten turtles sunning themselves. Then, one by one, they splashed into the water. I saw them swimming and coming up for air. I wondered if they had made plans before they jumped in. Were they planning to meet again on the other side of the bridge to sun on those rocks for a while? Or was it time to go home?

It's moments like these that stop me in my tracks and make me appreciate this world. To appreciate the everyday beauty that simply waits to be noticed. And beauty is everywhere. In the city where a lone flower may break free from the cement and stretch toward the sun. And here, in my little corner of the world, where sun-dappled rivers beckon me to stop and see.

6 comments:

Kelly said...

How very cool to live so close to water and a beautiful body of water at that

Cinner said...

Hi Roban, love the river so close. I have never seen any turtles up here. Maybe the water is too cold. Nature does have a way of stopping us in our tracks. makes me slow down and just breathe. hugs. have a great week.

Emily Sovich said...

This is an incredible tribute to the interconnectedness of life, all wrapped up in a moment. Beautiful!

miruspeg said...

Roban is our very rushed, busy life we lead, posts like this make me smile.
Thanks for reminding us to stop and smell the roses occasionally or is this case stop, park, and walk back to the bridge.
Namaste
Peggy ♥♥♥♥

amber said...

Roban,
I love this post, good reminder to slow down and notice the beauty all around us. So easy sometimes to just take it for granted.

Relyn Lawson said...

Ten turtles? I LOVE turtles. And, views like this. OH MY!!