Tag Archives: water

the fixer.

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the tiny drinking fountain in our room

had been shut off for over 2 years

as a precautionary measure due to covid.

this year

one kinder, a young 3

decided he was going to fix it

fidgeting with it every day

without any tools

looking under it and all around it

pushing the button

day after day

he never stopped trying

nothing happened

until

one day we came in

noticed it was working

(perhaps a building elf had stopped by after school)

i took our little fixer over to see it

showed him the water coming out

told him he must have finally fixed it!

hard to imagine

the look of shock and joy on his face

to see it working

after all of his hard work

and refusal to give up

the class now celebrates him as a hero

and use the fountain every day

 he proudly checks on it often

his face still amazed every time.

“i’m good at figuring out how things work, but I don’t know how this happened.” 

-nora roberts, the collector

on the water.

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beautiful and  enlightening experience

kayaking through detroit’s canals

that i never knew existed

with detroit river sports

then paddling into the detroit river

bounded on either side by the united states and canada

learning history and tales of

bootlegging, river islands, mansions, auto barons, inventors, and boatmen

finishing with a lovely relaxed dinner

canal side

at coriander kitchen and farm

fresh farm to table fare

all in the heart of the city.

“if there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.”

-loren eiseley

“if you see me, cry.”

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Hunger Stone :

Recent droughts in Europe once again made visible the “Hunger Stones” in some Czech and German rivers.

These stones were used to mark desperately low river levels that would forecast famines.

This one, in the Elbe river, is from 1616 and says: “If you see me, cry.”

“when the well is dry, we will know the worth of water.”

-benjamin franklin

 

 

credits: history review

slip ‘n slide.

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in this heat wave

thinking back to the time

when i decided to

slip ‘n slide with my daughters

waited my turn

zoomed up to it

head first, arms ahead

ready to slide for miles

balked at the last second

backside first, head followed

slammin’ instead of slidin’

 didn’t end up cooled down and filled with joy

did end up concussed and filled with regrets.

“you always say, ‘i’ll quit when i start to slide,’ and then one morning you wake up and realize you’ve done slid.”

-sugar ray robinson (american professional boxing champion)

 

frozen.

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that moment when you discover

 your sandbox has turned into a frozen lake

you understand the difference between liquid and solid

and realize your toys are not going anywhere until spring. 

“it’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”

-andrew wyeth

out of sync.

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the design i imagined i would be a part of

more what my part looked like

it was a last-minute impulse decision

my friend who was on our high school swim team

said she was going to join our new synchronized swim team

(now known as artistic swimming in the olympics)

 i thought it sounded like fun

so i followed along ready to become an aqua artist

looking back

not sure at all why i made this choice

as i clearly remember my p.e. teacher

just weeks before

telling me

(after a 10-minute treading water test)

that i resembled someone who had been shipwrecked

thrashing around just trying to survive

(quite accurate really)

 even so

i jumped into the water

where my vision of grace and being a mermaid

quickly blurred into reality

and one reason why you did not see me in the recent olympics.

“sometimes you are in sync with the times, sometimes you are in advance, sometimes you are late.”

-bernardo bertolucci

 

 

 

 

 

 

image credits: google images

 

i didn’t go to the waterpark because it was raining, and i didn’t want to get wet. -jarod kintz

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perfect day for a waterpark visit

 full of

action, sun, squealing

 and lots and lots of water

i’m at my best in the lazy river area.

 

“as a group, we’ve been banned from two water parks, one bar, and a dog-grooming salon.”

-j.a. rock – author