Sometimes winter just isn’t all that pretty. Like today.
I was determined to get outdoors and find something to photograph. It’s been a long time since I have done this, and nothing was going to stop me.
On a small pond, in a little park close to home, some geese were just hanging out on the ice. As I walked closer to them, they all carefully waddled toward the other side of the pond. I was using a wide angle lens, which meant I could not zoom in, so this image is cropped a bit.
A gray winter day. Geese on a frozen pond.
Ever since I snapped this photo I have been thinking of that story from the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”. Idgie tells how some ducks landed on a lake, the water froze quickly, and then the ducks just flew away with the frozen pieces of that pond. Last they heard it was somewhere over Georgia.
That is one of the best stories from my favorite movie. It is such a powerful tale about friendship. A good mix of humor, joy, sorrow, laughter, mistakes, and forgiveness. Oh, and fried green tomatoes, of course.
Friends are a priceless gift.
Sometimes, when you least expect it, a friend checks in on you, says just the right words that you need to hear in that moment, and you know you have been touched by grace.
Then, even if the day is damp and gray and cloudy and cold, even if you know you want to write something and can’t hear the words, even if you aren’t fond of the photo you post, it’s all good. Because you know deep inside you that what really matters are those friendships.