sunset journey on a frozen pond

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it makes me happy to think about running across a frozen pond. 8 inches or so of solid ice. 5 inches or so of snow. that weird in-between layer that crunches and settles when you step in a way that makes your heart skip a beat. is that the snow? or is the ice mushy? what if i fall in? the only other tracks on the pond are that of snowmobilers, clearly testing the pond for themselves. does that comfort me or not? what does comfort me is the growing confidence of a few steps, and letting my partner walk ahead. as does the light of the setting sun, shining so clear and bright across the open space. i look to the far side of the pond and see the light get deeper in color and my own shadow getting longer. i’m going to chase that light and run! the trees are further away than i thought, but i get there just in time. soon enough, the light climbs to the tops of the trees and fades away.

 

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