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Mother Nature knows best
May 19, 2011 - Kathleen Palumbo
It was an unseasonably warm, sunny, beautiful Saturday and a story to cover took me to Mill Creek Park in the early morning hours. In many other regions at nine a.m. on a Saturday, most people can be found just sipping their coffee, perusing the news, and planning their day. But this is Northeast Ohio in May, a very rainy May, preceded by an even rainier April, hopefully not to be followed by an even remotely rainy June.
To say that Mill Creek Park was a hub of activity would be an understatement of epic proportions. There were runners, walkers, bikers, dog-lovers, flower-seekers, bird-watchers, and on that particular day, large groups of volunteers cleaning the park. From the very young to the very old, the vast majority of those who realize the treasure we have in Mill Creek Park were out and about taking it in.
My point? Perhaps it’s not all happenstance. Perhaps Mother Nature holds back so that when we are blessed with blue skies and sunshine from all angles, we enjoy it; we really, really enjoy it.
I’d be willing to bet that the majority of those who have the best that the great outdoors has to offer, in time begin to take it for granted. They opt for the pool over the ocean, the air-conditioning over the suns rays, and the evening news over the sunset.
But not us. We know a thing of beauty when we see it. We grab hold of it and breathe it in, we revel in its rarity, and dream of it when it’s away. Not always having what we want leaves a profound sense of satisfaction in what we are given. It seems to me that in a sense, we’re the lucky ones.
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