In the middle of town, on my way to work, is this little tucked away spot where I like to go and enjoy the quiet of it. I used to take drawing students here, it's near the school. When I was little I was totally enchanted by the idea of secret gardens and I think that's what this spot recalls in me.
One morning as my daughter and I drove near it, I decided to stop and show her the spot. She walked down the little hill and didn't stop at the wild black raspberry bush loaded with berries. She headed straight for the water. As she climbed over a log at the edge of the creek I heard, "Oh! Mommy look!" We looked over the log together at a frog who was staring back. She inched slowly closer, really wanting to touch it and also maybe not. Once too close I heard, "Ha! It kissed me!" The photo above is where the frog landed, a little safer distance and still able to stare at her. I thought about kissing frogs and turning them into princes, and wondered what it meant that instead frogs are kissing her.
Then the ducks arrived. Quietly, seven female ducks glided together in procession through the shallows of the creek to where it met up with the deeper river at a bit of a drop. Seven! It looked as though this is what happened precisely at this time each day, each duck taking her turn going off the edge and into the river. Watching them reminded me of you. It reminded me of the community that Curious Ground cultivates, a community of women who are discovering together how really powerful they are, how resourceful and resilient when we set down self-doubt and turn our attention to who we came here to be.
Walking back to the car, I asked my daughter what I could write to you about our time at the creek. She said that I should write, "about the ducks and about harmony." I didn't even know that she knew the word harmony, and I think she's right: Harmony is what's left after we stop fighting reality, stop living according to painful stories, stop second-guessing ourselves and start moving according to this moment, moving with life. Nothing fancy, just not fighting. I want Curious Ground to cultivate that in the community of women, harmony. If you're interested in less pain and more harmony, that's a conversation I'd love to have. After a full summer of natural chaos, a break from routine that is both wonderful and enervating, let's meet in the quiet spot in the middle of town this Fall for The Groundwork.