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6.22.19 … And I walked … most noticeable was the shortness of my shadow …

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, Avondale Presbyterian Church – Charlotte NC, 2019 Labyrinth Walks, Summer Solstice:

I am technically a day late, but I was in transit. So I knew I would walk today and honor the arrival of summer.

As I entered the sacred garden, a group of four teenagers, all boys, walked to the far corner corner of the garden and went into the woods…

I sat on one of the benches at the side of the labyrinth and read my new library book, Jennifer Robson‘s, “Moonlight over Paris.“

After about 20 minutes, the group of boys walked out and seem startled to see me sitting and watching them. My guess: they were up to no good.

The heat was intense. And so I again missed the huge oak tree that was here for so many years. I realize that in another year or two, there will be no evidence of its former glory and many will never remember it existed.

The birds were singing and the chimes were ringing, and I heard the rushing water in the fountain at the columbarium. Where at first I was distracted by the presence of the boys in their hideaway, the peace and sacredness was now restored.

And I walked … most noticeable was the shortness of my shadow.

After my walk, I ventured into the woods. It was no surprise to find empty cases of beer, but I also found a secret circle … maybe for scouts or Indian guide gatherings.

“Do you always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it? I always watch for the longest day of the year and then miss it.”

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Happy summer to you all.

6.22.19




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