It is Winter Solstice and while we know the days will begin getting longer, that the sun is returning…we also know that it is a slow process. It is the first day of winter and so we must make peace with the dark cold days of the season.
I couldn’t see more than ten feet in front of me. The snow was coming down in large beautiful flakes. My sight was becoming more and more limited with each mile and I couldn’t feel the road beneath us.
It was a Sunday afternoon and I needed some quiet time in nature. The best and closest place I could find was a school playground. I gave in to the shade of a tree, sat down and closed my eyes. Only a block away traffic roared and all around me people were busy with Sunday yard work.
I was more than a little bit intimidated. I was feeling fear the closer we got to one another. Yet I wanted to know him, and I wanted to get close. He was gorgeous and proud, sleek and strong. He weighed 250 pounds.
Today I went outside to see what was happening with the ducks here at our neighborhood pond. Looking for a sign of what is really going on in my life behind the scenes, I came around the corner anxious to see what the ducks were up to today.
I didn’t think I left much of an impression. I didn’t believe my presence had made any difference at all. My three daughters and I were on our way back to Florida from Kansas via Ohio, West Virginia and North Carolina.