I have a new favorite run. It curves around this ancient, sand, beach road making its way to the ocean – passing marshes and ponds and currently empty summer houses on the way.
Like all old, dirt roads, it’s ridden with potholes. Which by definition are hard to see – camouflaged by the same dirt and sand as the rest of the road. Some are as big as my bed, some are as big as my shoe – but when it comes to making me misstep and even fall – they subscribe to the school of equal opportunity.
It just rained here for three days straight. Poured, really. I cursed it more than once. And when I set out to run this finally rain-free morning, I dreaded sloshing through the puddles, soaking my shoes.
But when I turned onto the beach road, I saw that all of the potholes were now full of the rain. The standing water caught the early morning light – and I suddenly had a brightly lit path of warning signs, like aquatic caution cones, guiding me along the right path.
They reminded me of people, writers, events in my life over this last year that reflected and filled and guided. They reminded me of my own inner navigation system that’s done the same.
Turns out, three days of rain was kinda worth it.
Image credit: Steve Rhode
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The school of equal opportunity. Love it. You must be an optimist. Enjoyable read with my morning java. Thanks.
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That’s an exquisite metaphor.
I just love the poetry in your prose, Julie.
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Thank you, Aaron. I’ve got to say that I’m walking around with an exquisite feeling today…
…and Boomergirl50 – I’m trying! It’s funny, I’m so optimistic about certain things and SO pessimistic about others…but lately I’ve noticed the pessimism is shrinking. And good riddance.
trying to figure out where this is? give me a clue..and love the post
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I love this…….”aquatic caution cones”……it’s perfect and paints such a wonderful picture. You are a treat with each day….thank you!
.-= Julie Hedlund´s last blog ..Toil and Trouble =-.
Great imagery Julie. I like the undertones of finding the value (puddles) in the bad stuff (3 days of rain) good work
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It is always wonderful to have people in your life who fill in the holes, you should feel very blessed!
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It’s all in one’s perspective. You took rain and potholes and made them into something positive, and poetic too. Well done.