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#WQWWC #37: Lakes, Oceans, Water


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“A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.”

Brendan Behan


“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”

– Benjamin Franklin

As a child, I wanted to live on a lake, or a river. Indiana had plenty of lakes, but my house was in the middle of a mid-century subdivision – no lake – no trees – no stores – no history – just flat half-acre lots with a few new brick houses holding two to three kids each, lined up on a block-long street with no sidewalk.

“What’s that got to do with water?” you ask.

“Water does not resist. Water flows. When you plunge your hand into it, all you feel is a caress. Water is not a solid wall, it will not stop you. But water always goes where it wants to go, and nothing in the end can stand against it. Water is patient. Dripping water wears away a stone. Remember that, my child. Remember you are half water. If you can’t go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does.”

― Margaret Atwood

Childhood Improvising Where There Is No Lake

We had the “big ditch” at the end of our street that sometimes held a bit of water or more likely mud. All the kids in the neighborhood skated on it in the winter through the tall reeds that grew up through the ice. It was not magical, yet we played in it all year long.

“Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other.”

― John Thorson

One Indiana February when I was about nine, my neighbor Gene, who was about eight, and I found a glorious pond created in the vacant lot next to his house by a recent rain. It wasn’t cold enough to freeze, so we couldn’t skate on it.

It didn’t start out as a swimming party. The pond wasn’t very deep, but much deeper than our boots and neither of us could stay upright. Once we were soaked, we noticed some rocks from which we could launch ourselves into the pond. We had a fabulous time. I had no feeling of guilt or wrongdoing as we sloshed home.

Mom saw things differently. We arrived at my house covered from head to toe dripping with muddy water. She sent me to the basement to undress and wrap in a blanket while Gene did the same in the garage and then crossed the street in his make-shift winter clothes, and went home, presumably for a hot shower or bath just as I had to take.

Water can be dangerous, especially for kids, so teaching safety around water is important, as my friend Terri from Sunday Stills teaches. But kids will improvise and have fun even if parents think there is no body of water nearby and it’s the wrong time of year to enjoy water sports.

My Favorite Water Quotes

“In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“Nothing is softer or more flexible than water, yet nothing can resist it.”

― Lao Tzu

Now It’s Your Turn

What water bodies or waterways have dominated your thoughts and dreams in the past or are you living them now?

Fountains, waterfalls, swimming pools, water slides, rivers, ice skating rinks, swamps, sprinklers, and bayous, brackish water, bog, bathtub, tidepool, mud puddle, a cold drink of water on the back patio, rain, snow, ice, hail, monsoons, floods.

“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.”

― W. H. Aude

Share your experiences, thoughts, poems, pictures along with a quote.

This list should at least prime your pump to think of water in ways I’ve forgotten.

Thanks for playing along with me today for Writer’s Quotes Wednesdays Writing Challenge. If you love challenges and are short on time, you have mountains to do before tomorrow — combine. As Cee Neuner says, “Just have fun with it.

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    • Thanks for the link, Carol. It was too late to go on this week’s post about education, but it will be in the comment section for people to find.


  1. Your story reminds me of a summer when we had an above normal amount of rain that created a similar puddle to the one you described. My daughters called it Mystery Lake. They had a blast in Mystery Lake for about 3 days until it evaporated. Would like to join you gals for these posts. Need to put them in my agenda and then remember to open my agenda!!

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    • I’m so sorry about the lock-down. You seem to be taking this latest lockdown calmly. My heart goes out to people whose lives are in shambles over it and to the people who have suffered with the virus.


      • Yes it is such a shame for those most affected. We are so lucky in our little patch of paradise. Although with our recent extreme weather event our road is closed and only open at limited times for residents so in effect we are locked in and locked down! I’ll have to spend more time with my camera.

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        • Wow, how do you get supplies? I’ve been inside for most of this month, not because of lockdown, but I fell on my face and about 1/4 of it was bruised and scary looking, then I twisted my knee and tore my meniscus. Lockdown can take many forms. I’m so sorry yours is mandated, but I hope it will end soon with everyone much healthier.


          • Oh that sounds very painful – so sorry to hear that – torn meniscus are awful but damaged face as well – no wonder you have been inside. Take care. We can drive out but only at specific times so we shopped for groceries on Tuesday then got home to hear we were going into lockdown at midnight for 3-7 days. Just waiting to hear if it is going to be extended. That will slow down road repairs too as nothing will happen whilst in Level 4. I have lots to do though – will just have to write and read more.

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  2. Marsha, I grew up in a state with water everywhere – creeks, springs, lakes, rivers, the Atlantic ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. I have many childhood memories associated with water. Thanks for conjuring them up with your story. Water is the source of life for the body and soul.

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  3. I love your story about your playtime in the muddy waters in every season, Marsha! While playing in Milk Creek in Oregon as a kid, we all sat around this swimming hole surrounded by rocks, almost like a hot tub. Well, I slipped in and didn’t know how to swim (no parents around to watch me because who did in those days?). As I sank down, terrified, I reached out and grabbed the other kids’ legs, and hauled myself back up. Still not afraid of water. But I respect it and stay safe. You have some beautiful pics of water in lots of unique locations! Can’t wait to show you what I came up with for Sunday Stills and how I connected water to my color challenge 🙂

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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