I go walking often.
My sweet dog Ginny accompanies me.
Regardless of the weather, walking refreshes and restores me.
I see people walking, driving, talking, laughing, frowning.
Little children shyly ask for permission to pet Ginny.
I visit shops on occasion to escape the rain or warm up.
Ginny knows the dog-friendly places where a dog treat waits for her.
After the horrible events of May*, I am adrift.
I struggle to find my footing.
Friends bring flowers, spend time with me, send sweet messages.
They won’t let me, and I don’t want to, crawl in a hole even this would be so easy.
I don’t have a lot of energy. I have no interest in walking.
Yet, I know that I can put one foot in front of the other and walk.
Walking late this morning after the rain stopped, I saw this beautiful plant.
I have walked past this corner countless times and never noticed this plant.
Today, I saw it for the first time.
A reminder that beauty is often just around the corner.
Sometimes we just have to stop and see it.
- My 34-year old daughter-in-law was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.