Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

Love Of The River

by Marie Vonow (follow)
Chief editor: readyforpets.com Blogs:www.quora.com/profile/Marie-Vonow/blogs Other:www.weekendnotes.com/profile/marie-vonow/
Me Time (37)      Nature (37)      Connection (19)      Walking (9)      River (3)     


Connection, Me Time, Nature, River, Walking


The beach is a great place. Most people say they love the beach. Lovers walk hand in hand along the sand and gaze at the sunset. There is no denying there is something wonderful about the beach. For 18 years I lived a fifteen minute drive from the beach and enjoyed many a long walk at the beach, sometimes alone and sometimes with my loyal dog and a friend and her little dog. I wrote poems about the beach and called it ,‘My place of peace’.

I moved a year ago and took up residence in a house a few minutes walk from a small river. Can you imagine my surprise when I suddenly realised my place of peace is not the beach but the river? The beach is wonderful but I am more at home by the river. I don’t know why it took me so long to work this out. How can one not know oneself?

Perhaps it is because the beach is so popular and I just adopted the common view that the beach is the place to be. I may have got caught up in the romanticism of the beach from watching too many click flicks. Maybe I hadn’t thought deeply enough about where I truly feel relaxed and what is important to me. Perhaps I sometimes accept the views of others without asking myself if it is my view.

As a child I spent many a happy hour near the river that ran along the back of Grandma’s property. Sometimes I would go with my cousin to get the two cows that spent the day grazing on the banks of the river. Occasionally I would watch her brother catch yabbies. The small brown frogs that swam in the river fascinated me. I recall sailing paper boats that my uncle made from newspaper.

My own home was about a mile from the same river but a bit further downstream. My childhood friends and I enjoyed roaming by the river. We explored and built cubby houses out of fallen branches. Occasionally we took sandwiches with us and had a picnic lunch on the banks of the river.

Sometimes I wandered along the banks of the river alone. As a teenager it was where I went to sort out my problems and reflect on the meaning of life. I recall heading for the river when I came home for holidays after starting studies at university. It was a time of change in my life and I needed some 'me time', to sit by the river and sort myself out. I still have poems I wrote at this time about the beauty and peace of the river.

When my first son was young our house was again not far from a river. He loved walking by the river and catching tadpoles. Normally a very active child, he was calmer when he was at the river. I have fond memories of times we spent together at the river.

Looking back I see my connection to the river goes back a long way. It is probably why I feel such a close tie to the river now. When I need some ‘me time’ I head for the river. I feel at peace as I ramble along the path listening to the frogs croaking.


# Connection
# Me Time
# Nature
# River
# Walking
I like this Article - 3
More Articles by Marie Vonow
I hate moving house and find it stressful
139 views
It started when I was reading a book about frugality and whether an item is essential or a luxury...
88 views
I find acronyms interesting, well not all of them but quite a few
90 views
Confidence is about believing your way of doing things and your views are as valid as those of a...
359 views
People who are ‘hopeful’ are able to face difficulties in a more positive way because they are not...
1056 views
With the start of spring we are having some lovely weather when the outdoors beckons us to go for ...
94 views
view all articles by Marie Vonow
Articles by Marie Vonow on Other Hubs
We have owned Coco, a long haired chihuahua, for eleven years
6 likes
ID: 22721
[ Submit a Comment ]
Trending Articles
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
10221 views
You don’t have to be rich to make money, you just have to be practical
3246 views
Authenticity not only is necessary for true life satisfaction but also having integrity: What you s...
3972 views
The names of some phobias are pretty easy to work out and others aren't
94 views
While looking for something quite unrelated on the internet, I came across words we never hear now...
87 views
People generally don’t want to feel sad or have their feelings hurt
2342 views
Why bother with friends? Anyone who has ever had a fight with, been hurt by or simply gotten ...
by Mia
818 views
Be clever, creative, a little bit fitter, before you even reach your desk Don't waste your jo...
63 views
You may be passionate about writing but still suffer from writer's block
5479 views
Categories
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version