31 Days Observing
There are ponds all over the low country. It seems that most neighborhoods have at least one pond. Our first house had a beautiful pond in the back yard. It was a graceful looking pond. It butted up to the marsh and there were lovely pines and palmetto trees and marsh grasses. A pathway led around the pond and the neighborhood children were often seen playing in the area. Yes, we had the occasional alligator or two or three, but it was a genteel pond. It was clean, manicured and a delight to look at.
Now, the pond at our current house is unsophisticated. It is a deep narrow pond. It looks like a drainage ditch, if truth be told. It is unkempt. A large growth of brush is at one end of the pond. It is never cut, or at least has never been cut since we have lived here. The mowers come in, circle the pond and leave. A sign on the other side of the pond says, ‘Do not feed alligator. Do not throw anything into the water.’ Wise words considering there are three resident alligators living there.
Weekly, one of the neighbors and his children come to feed the alligators. They throw bread into the pond, like they are feeding ducks. Also, weekly there is a bottle or two floating in the pond. Hubby has bravely pulled out several containers since we have moved in.
This pond is different from the one we had the pleasure of living by before. I look at the pond daily, in fact, several times a day. I have enjoyed watching the gators and the birds that come by for visits.
In looking the past couple days, I have seen beauty appear at this pond. At first, it was the cattail opening up that caught my eye. They were by the thick brush at the one end of the pond. Yesterday I saw yellow at each end of the pond and there were yellow daisy like flowers blooming. The pond is coming alive with color and texture. It is amazing to me, as this was the last place I had expected to see beauty in this neighborhood.
My observation is simple today. When we least expect it and in places we think are void of beauty, beauty will appear. I need to keep my eyes truly open to see the beauty that I may miss in expecting the normal.
Thanks for stopping by today, DAF