Happy Earth Day! Here in western North Carolina, it has been a rainy day. We need rain, so that may be the best gift our earth right here in this place could receive today. The grass has had to be mowed already, trees and flowers are full of leaves and buds, friends and family have been sharing photos of nests with baby birds in them, and spring is in beautiful and glorious full swing. Earth nourishes these bodies of ours and gives them a final resting place, and while we should appreciate and tend to our planet every day, and all its inhabitants, I’m glad at least there’s this one day where we can be more focused on coming together with compassion, gratitude, and sometimes downright awe for this planet we call home.
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This weekend I took my parents over to Cherokee for a little picnic. After all the terrible weather around here lately, this weekend was warm and gorgeous, plus it was Earth Day so it seemed like a good idea. We sat by the Oconaluftee River and felt the nice breeze and watched the late afternoon sun make the water shimmer and enjoyed all the different-colored ducks as they swam and played. Several of them came right up to us, but then I looked over into the parking lot and saw a mama duck marching towards the water followed by her brood of six little babies. They were so cute as they waddled through the gravel and down the riverbank. For a few minutes we lost sight of them but when we looked a little later, there they were just swimming away furiously to the other side of the river. A larger duck, I’m presuming a male from its colors, had swam over towards them and seemed to be leading them on their way, giving them plenty of space, kind of like one of those flashing trucks that warns you a “wide load” is coming behind. One little one kept lagging behind and mama would stop for a minute and round him up then on they would go and eventually made it over. That was fun to watch except for, unfortunately, my too familiar lament of oh heck, I meant to bring my camera! When life seems overwhelming sometimes with the mundane of new floors and plumbing problems and cleaning house, an afternoon quietly enjoying nature, good food, and family is so uplifting and relaxing and gives a whole new perspective.
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