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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
WQWWC #37 TOPIC: LAKES, OCEANS, WATER
“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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