This is a little out of order, but then, that is often how I seem to approach things. Here is a vernal pool. It is a depression in the woods that fills with clean cold water when the snows melt, and attracts frogs and salamanders, and so is one of my favorite places. Also, I really liked the sculptural log lying there so artfully, as if placed there.
I am in the middle of reading “Horse Heaven” by Jane Smiley…. great read! I was struck by one of the characters, who noticed that when her friends had a wish granted, it didn’t change them or make them happy for more than a fleeting moment. The more she saw this, the less she found herself wishing for anything. This intrigues me because, as a rule, I am a bundle of wants, many of them conflicting! When I try to sort it all out and ask myself what I REALLY want, I get all confused and find myself day dreaming instead.
So I’ve been trying it out. I’m not saying there was cause and effect, here, but the other morning I heard voices and looked up to see horses standing in the road by my house. In a subdivision in a town. I mean, wow! Of course I went out to investigate. There were 3, ridden by a mom and her 2 daughters. They were on their way to Tastee Freeze in town. Simply amazing. This was, for me, a magical thing. When I was a child living in northern California, you might very well see a horse tied up at the local grocery store. But in a Chicago suburb? Not so much. So I feel encouraged to stop wrestling with life and start saying “yes, ok” to it.
playing in the mud at a restoration workday. We were planting native plants to help fight the invasives.