Last night the Sousa children and their folks walked the 1080 Laughing Labyrinth after the Fiscal Cliff Party. To watch them in the dark – little figures interspersed with taller figures – was delightful! I could hear little squeals as their feet squeaked on the polar snow.
Today when I entered I said, “Hello” to the Universe and it replied, “Thank you.” I asked, “For what?” “For being here.” So, we walked along quietly together. Breathing in the bracing arctic air. Feeling the strength of the sun. Hearing the swish of my wind pants and the crunch of the snow. Noticing the cobalt sky and bits of earth and bough peeking from the blanket of snow.
I threaded my way through the fallen branches still under the magnolia tree and took pause. Then, I was leaving the labyrinth! And, don’t even recall much about the walk out. The “Thank you” is reciprocal.
Mid morning Rich and I went to the confluence of the Cedar River and Indian Creek. We checked out the unknown digger of huge holes in south facing banks, watched the eagles above the River eyeing the geese sitting on the ice, and walked the Prairie Labyrinth as immature and mature eagles winged overhead. Really quite a terrific way to start any day and any new year.