July 16, 2013 by Katia
In all of nature there is something marvelous – Aristotle
On our first ever cottage vacation of one week, I’ve made a few observations of my own about nature’s darker side. I bring them to you.
- Nature stings and bites.
- Nature sticks to your feet, shoes, carpets, bed, your kids’ hair and foreheads, you name it.
- Nature makes you sweaty.
- Nature is hard to climb on.
- Big nature can sometimes eat you.
- Nature is unpredictable and, yes, marvelous and it makes YOU marvel at it and momentarily forget all about being hot and tired from hiking, disgusted and annoyed with the mosquitoes and the other bugs and hoping not to meet a bear, because
- A fish just leaped from the water flipped in the air and jumped back while you happened to look.
- A deer was nonchalantly standing at the side of the road by the garbage bins near the grocery store, checking you out for what seemed like a really long time before it ran and disappeared into the forest.
- A group of wild turkeys was all importantly marching on the side of the road leading to the cottage.
- Two ducks visited your cottage every day and you want to believe that they chose you before you even started feeding them and that they did it for some mysterious reason known only to the entity that invented nature and to the ducks themselves.
- A chipmunk ran past you like the white rabbit in Alice in Wonderland and you thought it will make like a chipmunk and split, but instead it lingered and played for a while in Four Year Old’s territory, the sandbox.
- Your husband, 37 Year Old, found a hidden little waterfall behind some trees in the forest surrounding the lake and hearing him describe the sound of wind in the branches then the distant sound growing closer of water burbling made you want to experience it for yourself.
- And when the kids were sleeping you paddle boated for only ten minutes at first then gradually increasing your nature intake and your smile to fifteen and forty five minutes and finally discovering that waterfall.
- And then your boat broke in the middle of nature.
- Nature is deep when you can’t swim all that well.
- Nature is very bright and almost blinding at 7:30pm on a Muskoka lake.
- Nature is silent and gives you no advice, so you have to figure out on your own how the fuck DO you reinstall these fucking pedals??? So you take a few deep breaths and talk to your common sense and you push the pedal back in on one side and the screw on the other, pedal three times and push it back in again and you gradually realize you’ve got this.
- Conquering nature is empowering and you sail on your little paddle boat, with your red life vest and newly acquired survival skills feeling très
Survivor and prehistoric at the same time and you hope that 37 Year Old sees you conquering nature and loose pedal screws but he doesn’t, which is just fine by you because there’s all the more for you to tell.
- And just like that, just as you and nature were starting to bond it’s time to leave. And now you’re writing this post and you find yourself longing to visit that waterfall again. With a functioning paddle boat.
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