Lessons from a Puddle Walk

by | Nov 3, 2014 | Ordinary, Reflections

It wasn’t hard to find a puddle.  There were little ones in the driveway.  Hop. Hop. Hop went Grace, my young play mentor.  I made a delicate  bounce.  I’m not sure my feet left the ground.

At the end of the street there is a VERY BIG puddle.  Grace gets ready, arms tucked into her side, elbows bent at an angle and she leaps. It is a very deep puddle.  She hops to the centre.

The rain comes down and the puddle-water splashes up.  It is  fun to watch her.

Then, from the heart of the puddle, she summons.  “Come with me, Janice.” I get ready too.  Arms tucked, elbows bent and I leap.  It was a glorious splash.   “Like this, Janice.” Hop. Hop. Hop.

HOP. HOP. HOP.  My feet finally leave the ground.

We don’t walk any further.  I learn when you find a truly great puddle offering all you really need you stay in it.

Think about it. What is life offering you right now that needs savouring?

PS… You can also talk to the puddle-fish.  Grace saw one.

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  1. This reminds me of a puddler I know…the joy of it all was overflowing for him…and that transferred so easily to me and his other puddle friends. I didn’t join him though….I missed out didn’t I. Thanks for this reminder Janice! I won’t the next time!

  2. Good morning Janice, thanks for the smile and the mind picture of you and Grace enjoying this puddle. I too have always loved summer rains and walking in them. When I reach a big puddle I like to stay and play in it for a bit as well before continuing on with my walk. I enjoy lifting my face to the sky and feeling the water splash on my face. I try to make this a happening at least once every summer. There is a stillness in a rain walk that refreshes me and brings a joy to my heart and mind. I am thankful for a country where I can enjoy this stroll of peacefulness and the knowledge when I get home usually soaked to the skin hubby awaits for me with a big warm towel to wrap myself in. I will look for puddle fish next time.

  3. Hi Janice, I love walking in the rain. I find it so peaceful. I have always walked around the mud puddles as do all our dogs. I will try walking in the mud puddles to see what it does for me. Thanks for sharing. Irene

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