“In the vast emptiness of the blue, my soul rejoices listening to the soundless music of the wind.”
― Banani Ray
I spent another afternoon last week at Heckrodt Preserve, getting in a daily walk and, as my mother used to say, “blowing the stink off.”
I thought that always a strange thing to say since long walks tend to make me hot, sweaty and possibly stinky.
I have found joy at Heckrodt on these sunshine, blue-sky days, taking in mid autumn warmth on my face and noticing how the sun’s rays dance off the water and through the trees.
Mom used to walk quite a bit, probably because she never drove, after failing a driving test three times. Operating an automobile was not in her DNA. Instead, she walked everywhere when my brother and I were growing up, which was easily accomplished in a small town. My brother and I had to do the same or ride our bikes since dad was working and wasn’t available to drive us anywhere in the Chevy Impala on a whim.
Mom continued her walking ways for as long as she was steady on her feet. That, and an occasional bike ride, was her form of exercise and she never seemed to tire of that path.
During these colder days, heading into winter, I’m attempting to channel mom and stay fit with daily walks. Our temperatures are still fluctuating, but most often I have to wear windbreaker pants over jeans, a couple of warm layers, a down coat, neck warmer, hat and gloves. Heading into the wind can be cold to start, but I tend to be hot and sweaty by the time I arrive back at the starting point.
I wonder if I’ll be sweating, though, when the high temps drop below 30F and I’m walking through snow and blue skies and feeling the soundless music of the wind.
Perhaps those are the days any potential stink will blow away.
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