I can’t tell you how grateful I am for our lovely little swimming spot which is so very close to our block.
All of the feelings that I used to have when I was a river kid, growing up, came rushing back to me. I felt so peaceful and relaxed. Floating around, my face to the sky, watching an eagle fly by and the clouds begin to change shape and colour. Listening to the sounds of the river – gently running water, rustling leaves, birds flittering about, a cow or two in the distance, the occasional tractor or farm machinery.
Watching Lewi, my water loving boy, become a river kid has been so lovely. He’s getting a part of my childhood and that makes me so very happy and grateful.
We connect so well at the river. There’s always something to share in nature, don’t you think? Look at that bird? Woah! There’s a huge water dragon. Heaps of fish here. An eel. Look!
I was petrified of eels when I was growing up. Pure ignorance. Having a nature lover as a child has taught me so many things. The facts about eels has been very helpful in fighting my eel phobia. They are such timid creatures and they don’t bite. They really just want to get away. Cute little things!
I love not having to stress about looking like a beached whale at the river. I’ve never seen a bikini girl there yet. I can wear my old stuff and boardies and no one seems to notice. Oh, that’s right ‘cos there’s no one there! Love that. Ever so grateful.
Our river holds most of it’s water under metres and metres of sand which means that our town never really runs out of water. But when we haven’t had a lot of rain, the river quickly dries up. Although we’ve had a good season as far as rain goes it does seem to be drying out a little quickly since the hotter weather arrived. You really notice these things when you swim regularly at the river.
I’m so very grateful for our river and I’d be ever so grateful for a few good rainy days. We don’t want our river days to end, that’s for sure.
So, what is it that you are grateful for today?
***** Oh dear! I’ve just popped over to Kidspot and realised that this grateful should be about beginnings. Woops! Hope this one’s OK to throw in amongst the other gratefullers who obviously read things far better than I do.