COME WITH ME on a two mile walk on the Greenway – and on a short cut back home.
WE GREET SEVERAL WALKERS, although it’s early for the late afternoon walkers. Everyone we pass waves and smiles, and some stop to chat briefly – such is the way in the South. We meet so many interesting folks this way.
THE LEAVES RUSTLE like twisting saran wrap and we leave the path to walk among them. My husband says it reminds him of childhood memories of Rice Krispies – snap, crackle, pop.
WE PASS SEVERAL PEOPLE on bicycles. We decide to bring our bicycles next time for a real workout.
WE EXIT THE GREENWAY to our shortcut street back home (This leg of the greenway continues on for 15 miles.)
WE MEET A COLLEGE STUDENT walking her new puppy. The dog’s name is Tansy and is a rescue dog from one of the Native American reservations out West. I remember reading about the great need to adopt dogs since the economy has been struggling. Many families in America and Europe have been forced to give up their pet animals (dogs, and even horses) because they could no longer afford to feed them.
WE NOTE THAT THE COLOR OF THE DOG’S FUR appears to match exactly the beautiful red hair of his mistress. We comment about it and she laughs – “I know,” she says. (Sorry, she didn’t want her picture taken.)
AS WE APPROACH THESE TREES, they remind me of candles lit from within and burning bright – or multi-color pom poms at a football game. I don’t know what kind of trees they are, but I call them candle trees when we see them on our walk.
A LONELY SCARECROW left over from Halloween keeps vigil over his family’s house.
HOME AGAIN, I work on menus for Thanksgiving – as I enjoy a slice of pumpkin bread and hot tea.
Sue Marquis Bishop 2013
WHAT COULD BE A BETTER TIME-OUT THAN A WALK? DO YOU AGREE?