Wednesday, March 08, 2006
I stepped outside after lunch prepared for the beautiful walk back to the office. I hadn't made it twenty feet before I was stopped by an unexpected obstacle. Instead of clearing a path around the garage like he normally does, snow blower man had left a patch three feet high and five feet long right in my path. Puzzled I stopped... do I jump in and risk getting my shoes full of snow, and soaking my pants to the knees... or do I go all the way back and around the long way... where there is a mini ocean in the middle of the sidewalk? Without any more thought I JUMP!!! and land square in the middle of the snow bank. Amazingly my feet don't feel wet and there is no snow on my pants! So I begin walking to church with a dignified stride. But it doesn't take long until I am navigating across the system of lakes and rivers that stretches all the way across town, with all the grace of a Sumo Wrestler, I manage to splash water everywhere! It is about this time that I realize that my snow bank jump didn't come completely free of causalities... The snow that had packed itself in-between the sides of my shoe and my socks begins to melt and I can feel it slowly sliding down to the bottom of my foot and soaking into my socks. The cold begins to bite, and I wonder if I wouldn't have been better to go the long way... and isn't sin just like this... At first there seems to be no consequences to what I am doing, but then later it begins to seep into everything and you are left with cold, hurting, wet feet. I cut across the parking lot of the Main Street Station and come to main street, and there is my final obstacle, a huge puddle that stretches across the road from one side to the other... as I wait pondering what I will do, a large Ford drives by parting the water for me like a modern day Moses... lightly I skip across, just one toe on the peak of dry land that I can see, and THERE I AM ACROSS!!! The rest of the walk is simple... and as I walk I ask myself, "Why am I not four years old with rubber boots so that I can just walk through everything and just laugh?" Just thought I'd share the adventure I was on today... now back to my new book. I just got it in the mail today. I'm reading Practitioners (on recommendation of Dan King... by the way the cheque is in the mail) and I already love it (two paragraphs in!) I'm sure I'll be sharing a few quotes in the days to come.