Thankful

slice-of-life_individualThis morning as I headed to work, the car wheel turned right toward town and the river, instead of left toward school. The unexpected detour felt beyond my control, so I just gave in–Well, honestly, I didn’t struggle too much. Apparently my will power was weak, and the lure of a brightly colored dawn was strong.

Down by the river I marveled at the glowing reds, roses, golds and greys. I parked and grabbed my camera to snap a picture or two. I walked out onto the dock, my steps sending ripples shimmering across the reflected clouds.

As I walked, something made me look up. Overhead a heron flew by,  its strong wings flapping, its silhouette unmistakable. I stopped in my tracks, so grateful to see it, awed by its silent dawn flight. Where had it been? Where was it going?

The stress of the week receded, and I stood, camera forgotten, simply watched the heron fly until it was out of sight. I wondered idly if it might be the last one I’d see until the spring. I was so thankful I’d been there to see it. So thankful I took that right turn.

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12 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. mgminer says:

    Ohhhhh…that is a glorious sight. Thank you for writing about it so I could imagine the grace and wonder of your important right turn. As always, your writing is beautiful.

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  2. dmsherriff says:

    Stunning picture! I love when we have those moments were we realize we took a turn, or waited five minutes, or talked a bit longer than we planned and a gift appears. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Debbie Lynn says:

    I love it! What a beautiful unexpected way to begin the day, and I bet it was a great one, too! 🙂

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  4. kd0602 says:

    Definitely the right turn! Congrats on a peaceful, gorgeous morning.

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  5. margaretsmn says:

    This reminds me about a time when I was coming home from a writing retreat with a friend and I took the wrong highway. We were not on a time schedule and we ended up at the beach. Now that my friend is gone, I cherish this memory so much.

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  6. >I was so thankful I’d been there to see it. So thankful I took that right turn.<

    Those last two sentences gave me chills. It was such a great way to wrap up a wonderful "detour". Sometimes in life, we need these detours to fill our soul back up. It looks and sounds like you did just that! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing with us today.

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