A couple of weeks ago I took another hike into the woods behind our home. Autumn had already peeked, but there was still some beautiful color to be seen. I happened to find a small pine seedling growing beneath a maple tree. Most of its leaves had fallen covering the ground around the little pine. A spider had spun her web across the tops of the needles as though it was decorating it for Christmas. The more I look at it, the more I was reminded of Charlie Brown’s little Christmas tree.
There is a wet weather creek that flows through the hollow. I say wet weather, but you can most always find water in it. It’s just that sometimes it’s impossible to cross and other times you can hike down the middle of it. During this time of the year, you can almost always count on it being the latter.
From the way it appears today it’s hard to believe the sometimes dangerous looking creek is nothing more than a gentle flowing brook.
The question that begs to be asked this Thanksgiving week is what are you thankful for? I haven’t said much about this, but I did happen to mention a couple of weeks ago that I had recently been laid off. After having a job for the past 26 years, this has been a brand new experience for me and my family. The past month has been different to say the least. Of course this happened just before our vacation, which had already been planned. As it turned out, it was something that we both needed. However, this Thanksgiving I’m glad to say that I’m thankful for a new temporary job. It’s not permanent, but it is something that is planned to last several months.
Walking down the mountain is never a problem. It is always the trip back up that get to you. As I start heading back up I stop for one last shot, and it occurred to me that no matter where you might fall always stand out.