I could tell you I take a daily walk … but it wouldn’t be accurate.
The truth is that these walks tend to happen only on ‘ordinary’ days. Days when I don’t have anything in particular planned.
When I do walk, there is a simple pleasure in the quiet contemplation. The song of the cicadas, crickets, and various birds all provide the background music, while at the same time the butterflies and dragonflies provide the choreography.
I like this kind of day. Anything is possible … likely because I’m not expecting anything at all and it’s easier to find the ‘extra’ in the ordinary.
Like an imaged crime scene … a dead measuring tape dumped unceremoniously on a utility box while its disembowelled guts were discarded on the ground below.
… or the house I noticed that has a Christmas tree in the front window, decorated in red bows. They are either very late or very early for the holiday season.
… or a party in progress on an otherwise quiet street on a quiet Monday morning.
The gate to the backyard is open and I can see a large white party tent.
The sound of voices in conversation and laughter drifts out from both the backyard and the open front door of the house. I assume this is a farewell brunch to a family reunion that occurred over the weekend.
I continue on walking, taking my stroll through a nearby green space along a culvert. I assume I’m the only person on the narrow pedestrian trail until I’m surprised to see the nose of a truck peaking around the corner ahead.
He stops to let me pass safely before continuing on his way.
The presence of the truck warns me that a city works crew is in the area and ahead the air is filled with the pungent smell of freshly cut grass.
I’m grateful for the shade wherever I find it. It’s still early but it already feels warm and humid.
I breathe a small prayer of thanks to the air conditioner god for what awaits me when I return home.
As I arrive back home, my red puffy eyes – already irritated by some unknown allergen – are starting to itch and twitch again.
It’s just another ordinary day.