“Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes. Eat the cake.” ~ Unknown
This is the little pond in the President’s yard where we often have lunch. Needless to say, we’re not eating lunch there this week. Still, I find a lot of beauty in the frozen, naked winter. I wonder what they do with the fish? Bless their little fishy hearts, you know they’re colder than a beta fish on an iceberg. If you have a pond, I’d be interested in knowing what you do with your fish during the winter.
Though it is mid-October when we should be settling in with a big pot of chili and bonfire, instead, in Kentucky at least, we’re wearing t-shirts, flip-flops, and living with the AC on. Such a climatological delay provides unique beauty. I enjoy being part of it.
The sun had set and tiki torches lit when I came across these two little friends, perhaps sisters, enjoying their wedding dinners pond side. How sweet they looked watching the colors creep across the calming waters. Life for these girls will be all the richer if they stay friends forever. I wouldn’t take anything for my lifelong friends.
In Kentucky we often introduce summer in a single day. Today was that day. To ring it in, Stacy Yelton and I had our lunch beside the fabulous little pond by the president’s house. The robins were very busy bathing, the chipmunks busy chasing each other, and the koi….I think they were still unthawing from winter to be honest. Last fall the gardeners transplanted a bunch of gorgeous ferns around the pond, and their fronds are really opening now. It’s such a peaceful little spot on a busy campus, and I’m thankful for it.
“Wise people speak because they have something to say;
Fools because they have to say something.” ~ Plato
Therefore…enjoy this beautiful pond. <crickets>
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”
~ Thomas Merton
This happy couple made an appearance at the President’s pond as I happened to pass on my way to lunch. The female put on a show. It was lovely to stop and say hello…and take a few shots, of course.
”What most people need to learn in life is how to love people and use things instead of using people and loving things.” ~ Steve
This pond: It’s in the middle of campus, a busy street just beyond the foliage, bustling students 20 feet away. Yet, there is peace at its edge. Water soothes me. It comforts me. It washes away any negativity that’s attached itself to me. It cleanses my mind and renews my energy. I will build a meditation pond in my yard. Maybe a duck friend will call it home.