Yesterday, the weather turned perfect: bright blue skies and blazing sun. My sister got increasingly dire winter weather alert warnings on her phone, but they were for Maryland. We continued to play in the pool, although it's quite chilly.
Later in the afternoon, worn out by all the sun and phone, we took naps. When we got up, some of us were groggy, some a bit cranky, and one person was ready for a walk.
We had about decided that we wouldn't go, and then we did. We walked down to the Intracoastal Waterway, where we got to see the bridge go up. I thought that might be the highlight.
But when we walked down to the marina, we got the real highlight. We saw the graceful swoop of a dolphin's back. And then there were more! We counted about 7.
Some of the boats in the Intracoastal noticed them too, but some just kept zooming by. The restaurants that line the other bank had some patrons taking pictures, while others seemed uninterested. Uninterested or unaware?
It would have been easy to miss, after all. The dolphins' backs were the same color as the water, and if you didn't notice the fin, you might have thought you were seeing a swoosh of water from a passing boat.
I thought of how we almost missed the sight altogether--if we hadn't gone for a walk, we wouldn't have seen the dolphins. But that's not all. If we had decided not to walk to the marina, we wouldn't have seen them either.
I thought of all the people who were there too, but oblivious. And that led me to think about all the other wondrous sightings I might be missing as I hurry through the day.
It was good to have time to take a simple walk. It was good to be reminded of the wonders of our planet. I said a prayer of gratitude and a prayer of hope that I'll continue to notice them.
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