The other day my son Aidan asked if he could join me on my walk on the Cape Cod Canal. Of course I said yes. And I didn’t think much more about the significance of that until Jeff told me to be careful.
Be careful of what, I asked. How dangerous could going for a walk be? That’s when he reminded me that the last time I took a walk with Aidan I didn’t come back home for a month. Oh, I said. Yeah, I’ll be careful.
And upon further thought, I’ve decided that if a boat hits me while walking on the canal, it’s my time to go. You really can’t argue with the big guy over that one.
Walking on the canal is mostly risk free. There are no cars on the path. It’s flat, and usually crowded with other walkers. A pretty safe way to exercise.
As I was walking yesterday and enjoying watching the boats zip down the canal, something fell from the sky and landed with a thud just feet away from me.
And then a big gull flew right over my head and snatched up the now cracked crab that it had dropped on the pavement. He dragged it just a couple of feet away and started lunching on his version of sushi.
So, I guess the canal is nearly risk free as long as you don’t mind crabs falling from the sky.
This lobster had a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time from his vantage point. The lobsterman was checking his traps when the giant lobster came strolling by. I doubt he would’ve even fit in the trap.
The man just scooped him up out of the water and the rest was culinary history. Forget the flowers. If you bring me home an eight pound lobster, I’m yours.
Living in a coastal area, I think us locals get numb to our surroundings. We complain about the tourists, the traffic and the crowded beaches.
But during my walk yesterday I spent time reflecting on last summer. The one I missed. And how lucky I am to see the boats. How blessed I am to watch the fishermen pull in their bounty. And how good it feels to have the ocean breeze on my face.
My charge for you today is to be in the present. We all get so busy and callous that we don’t stop to acknowledge some of the simpler gifts in our lives.
Be it the flowers in your garden, the sun in the sky, the stick person drawing your little one made for you, take it all in.
Be aware and appreciate the simple stuff. Because those simple moments can give you much peace if you take the time to search it out.