Saturday, September 19, 2009
Morning, a beautiful sunny day, a gorgeous setting, the sound of the running river,the smell of the fresh air, the work of a photographer, laughter of a family walking by, the innocense of the children jumping about laughing with excitement, mom and dad not too far behind, two young men with cameras in hand heading west further down the river, an elderly man walking slowly down the steep slope, steadily one foot in front of the other, he sits on the closest bench to the water and pulls out a bag of bread crumbs, he tenderly throws them at the seagulls sitting at the waters edge, one by one the crumbs are thrown and the birds fight claiming their prize. He smiles and rests feeling the warmth hitting his aching bones, hands bent and knarled probably with arthritis. he notices us and nods his head, saying an unspoken hello, we speak, good morning lovely day, beautiful he responds, we pass him, I look back and he waves, we went and sat in this area where the lady was taking pictures and writing engrossed in obviously completeing some paper I am assuming for a class. I smiled knowing that I with my little red camera had taken a picture of a much more experienced photographer. I wondered who she was, kind to take our picture, mysterious in her mannerisms, we sat on the bench facing the water, my husbands arm resting on my shoulders, I laid my head back on his arm, felt the glorious rays beaming on my face, no words needed be spoken, everything understood, nothing questioned, the steady click of her camera, she smiled, said goodbye and left, Shortly there after we got up to leave, my cane in hand to steady myself, we slowly went back up the slope, making our way to the vehicle, my husband with his strong hand firmly upon my back supporting me and making it easier to climb the slope. He unlocked the door with his key and opened it, helping me into the vehicle, knowing that I was tired from our little adventure, knowing that I would soon be fast asleep, knowing that the outing had done wonders for me, knowing that I felt alive and loved. We both smiled at one another, both sure we would soon come back! We headed for home! It was my best day!