It was a beautifully, busy scene down by the lake this past long weekend. Groups of families and friends pitching umbrellas and settling in for a day of sun and fun. Picnics, sand castles, sun bathing, chit chatting, football tossing, soccer dribbling kinds of fun everywhere you looked.
Hard to believe that, in the midst of it all, it was possible to find a serene patch of lake and a moment of quiet.
But, as the sun was setting, I stood right at the water’s edge, and looked out at this…
A bit corny, I know.
A heart on Canada Day.
Not generally my way of saying things…
But, I didn’t have a great shot of the Canadian flag to use…and my other shots from today’s Canada Day Celebrations were not particularly great.
And, I didn’t want to let the day go by without saying anything at all.
So, here it is…
A heart-felt, yes, birthday wish on Canada Day.
I do truly believe Canada is a remarkable country. (And, to be honest, I’ve never been one for big shows of patriotism.)
But, the older I get, the more I appreciate it…its beauty, its diversity, its history (not always, but often) of peace-making. I appreciate more and more the founding document, the Constitution Act of 1867 – the ground on which Canada was born, which at its centre calls for, ‘Peace, Order and Good Government’.
We don’t always live up to this..and many have thought the phrase to be a little uninspiring, but I have to say, I love a call to action that begins with an expression of Peace. Pretty compelling.
And, so, with this red, hearted image (a found heart, by the way – a reflection of light found, one day, on my living room wall), I say, Happy Birthday to Canada, and extend wishes for peace to all, on this, Canada’s 146th birthday.
Lavender branches surrounded the sweet Buddha statue in a small corner of the garden. Leaves had fallen, of course, and the weather was kind of grey, and damp, as it so often is, here, on the shores of Lake Ontario, this time of year. It was, most definitely, still autumn.
And, then, last night, the snows came…
The peace of the garden remains, but the season of it has truly changed.
Apologies for being away for so long. I have had a continuing Internet challenge which is still not quite resolved. I am considering this pause in blogging as a gift of sorts from Old Saint Nick! How else to proceed? 🙂
Hoping, that wherever you may be for the holidays, you are having a wonderful, peaceful, joyful time.
Wishing you all the blessings of the season.