Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Late Morning Walk

We took a quiet stroll through the neighborhood this morning – my husband and I.  This is a rare occurrence.  He is the usual dog-walker each morning.  Now that his schedule has changed, however, we have a bit more time together.  
So we walked.
In spite of my not feeling well, we walked.
In spite of all there was to attend to back at home, we walked.

We chose a leisurely pace, though Kona encouraged us to speed up by tugging on her leash now and then.  We spoke little, although there was plenty to discuss.  We simply walked – enjoyed the crisp late morning air, the quiet streets, the emerging spring yards.

We traversed a new path – at least new to me – and my husband pointed out features of this house or that one. 

“These people feed the stray cats that wander our neighborhood – see the bowls they put out.”
“Look at this pencil cholla – I’d like one of those in our yard.”
“This man sold his black crossfire and bought one of those new Jeep Cherokees.”

(My husband is an avid observer of detail, as am I.)

I nodded, listened, made small talk.  We walked.

I noticed houses I had not seen before – with cosy, albeit small, front porches – inviting one to come up and sit in one of the plush chairs or cushioned benches. Come up and sip some coffee amid the clay pots of daffodils and tulips.  One after another – delicious, warm, welcoming porches.  I made mental notes of how to improve my own front porch.

We walked.  We observed.  We pondered.  We were present. A happy accident. 

Quote of the day:  Climb the mountains and get their good tidings.  Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees.  The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.  
                                                                                     ~John Muir  


  1. Love how you paired your writing with John Muir's poem. Lovely piece.

  2. Julie I really liked the rhythm you created in this, somehow not to fast, not too slow, (kind of like a walk! :-) ). "We walked" repeated throughout had a nice effect. The little symmetrically driven part of my brain would have liked that to be your last line, but really I just plain enjoyed this!

  3. A peaceful but observant time. It's good to step out of our usual routine and discover what is out there.