It was early morning as Sara and Danielle stepped outside. The sky was overcast and there was a slight mist in the air. Together they walked down the street which already evidenced the hustle and bustle of the busy weekday.
A car drove by and an occupant discarded a juice box out the window. It bounced a few feet and came to rest next to a soda can lying along the curb. A few yards away, an elderly couple was crossing the street hand in hand and carrying what appeared to be leftovers from the local breakfast restaurant down the street. A car was stopped at the intersection where the elderly couple was crossing and you could hear the driver impatiently exclaim “C’mon! Any day now!”
The train station adjacent to the sidewalk where Danielle and Sara were walking was drawing in lots of traffic. Sara and Danielle observed all of the commuters walking towards the train station to await the incoming train. The commuter’s faces were expressionless and their movements seemed to be robotic as if their minds were elsewhere and their bodies merely went through the routine motions of beginning the workday.
Taking everything in, Sara and Danielle looked at each other and Sara suggested, “lets go to our special place.” “Yes! Lets go!” chirped Danielle in agreement.
They continued walking and soon, the clouds floated away revealing the bright sun. The path in front of them magically turned into dirt and was lined with trees full of bright green leaves. They stopped and lifted their faces to the sky. They could feel the warm sun shining down on their faces.
They came up to a portion of the path where two small trees along side the path seemed to form a gate. The branches on each side stretched across the path above their heads and they stopped and looked at each other. Sara stated, “This is where we leave behind all of our problems and worries before we proceed forward.” Sara and Danielle stood side by side holding hands and closed their eyes. They let all of their fears, worries and problems escape their minds. They then stepped forward through the gate and suddenly their bodies felt so light and free! It was as if they were like helium balloons and could be lifted into the air and float away!
After passing through the gate, Sara and Danielle looked at each other and giggled as they began skipping and prancing down the soft dirt path. Excitement filled the air and their spirits were high. They soon slowed their pace, as they wanted to enjoy every moment in their special place.
Up ahead, was a bubbling brook where the water ran clear and multitudes of fish zipped through the water. They approached the brook and stood there admiring the fresh flowing water that helped sustain life to the large oak tree along side the brook.
Aside the oak tree was a stone gray boulder with a flat surface. Sara sat against the tree facing the brook while Danielle jumped atop the boulder. For a moment, they both sat in silence as the sun shone down on them filling them with warmth.
There was a wide array of brightly colored flowers along side the brook. Blue, red, pink, yellow, orange! The variety of colors was aesthetically pleasing.
Sitting atop the boulder, Danielle felt a tickle on her arm and as she looked down, she saw a bright red ladybug with black spots. His tiny antennas were moving back and forth. This little guy was on an adventure and he came across a new friend! Danielle welcomed him, named him little Benny and sang him a song. “Ladybug, ladybug – red and black. I see circles on your back. Ladybug, ladybug fly up high… fly back safely from – the – sky.”
After a moment, the ladybug took flight. Up, up, up in the air! He crossed over the brook and landed on a bright blue flower next to another ladybug. They must be friends and must enjoy going on adventures together just like me and mom thought Danielle.
Soon, Danielle was distracted by objects floating in the brook. They were coming in her direction! She squinted her eyes to try to make out what the objects were. “Chirp, chirp, chirp” Chirping filled the air and suddenly Danielle could make out what the objects were. It was a brown mamma duck and five little ducklings!
The ducklings had fuzzy yellow feathers and were focused on keeping up with mamma. Chirp, chirp, chirp! One little fuzzy ducky in the lead was paddling his feet hard trying to maneuver around a cluster of cattails. He couldn’t manage to get around it and bumped into the long green stem of a cattail. Soon, his sibling then another, then another accompanied him. Bump, bump, bump! They all bumped into each other as they each failed to maneuver around the cattails.
Oh my! What now? Their mother was getting further and further ahead as she didn’t notice that the obstacles within the brook presented such a challenge to her darling duckies.
Danielle stood up and approached the edge of the brook as she watched and rooted them on. “C’mon little guys! Paddle your feet hard – you can get around it! Petey, Chippy, Fuzzball, Webster, Lenny! You can do it! Go catch up with mamma!” Danielle called out, having given each one a name.
Soon, the current pushed the five ducklings around the cluster of cattails and they were free! They paddled as fast as they could and soon caught up with mamma. Danielle was relieved that they were free.
Danielle walked back over to the boulder and sat on the ground with her back resting against the boulder. This was definitely her favorite place. She loved taking time to enjoy nature and admire the little creatures. It filled her with peace and tranquility.
After a few moments, Danielle moved over and lay down on the grass. She slowly moved her hand over the soft blades of grass. It tickled her hand! She looked up into the sky and noticed a few clouds. “Look mom, that cloud looks like a dinosaur!” Exclaimed Danielle. “It sure does!” Replied Sara.
Danielle closed her eyes and breathed in deep. The grass smelled so fresh, the air was so pure and the flowers added a pleasant scent to the mix.
Danielle’s eyes grew heavy as she lay under the warm sun and she soon drifted into a light sleep. Suddenly, Danielle awoke to a tickle on her foot. She slowly sat up and looked over at her feet. There, standing on its hind legs and staring right at her was a bunny rabbit! She was small so she must be young. Her fur was light gray and her eyes were wide and black. Her whiskers were twitching back and forth.
They both stared at each other for a moment. Danielle started thinking of a name for her. Addison? No… Lenna? No… Ally? No… Fifi? Yes! “Hey little Fifi, how are you?” Asked Danielle gently. Fifi still stood there twitching her nose. She sat down and hopped over next to Danielle. Danielle slowly reached over and let Fifi sniff her hand. She wasn’t afraid! Danielle gently pet her head. Her fur felt as soft as velvet! Little Fifi slowly closed her eyes as she let Danielle stroke her fur. After a moment, Fifi opened her eyes, looked at Danielle and twitched her ears. She then scampered off. Oh how Danielle loved animals! She would spend all day with them if she could.
As the sun rose higher in the sky, Danielle’s tummy grumbled. “Mamma, how about we visit the berry bushes for a snack?” Suggested Danielle. “Excellent idea Danielle!” Exclaimed Sara. They both got up and walked down the path that ran along side the brook. After a few moments, they approached a group of bushes that were filled with soft red berries. Danielle spotted a cluster of elephant leaves and plucked two of the largest ones out of the ground. One for mamma and one for her! They used the elephant leaves as makeshift baskets to collect berries.
A few minutes passed by and they both had a large amount of berries collected. They carefully carried their treats back to their spot by the tree and boulder. “I think I’ve got more than you mom!” Exclaimed Danielle. “Well you better share then my little Dani girl!” Said Sara.
The berries were so sweet and juicy. Danielle’s fingers were soon stained red and the berry juice dribbled down her chin. She stood up and walked over to the brook, knelt down and splashed the cool water on her face. Ah that was better, she thought.
When she got up and turn around to go back to her spot, she noticed something by her berry collection. What was that!? It was a chipmunk! He was gathering up her berries! His cheeks were protruding since he was trying to stuff as many berries as he could in his cheek pouches. When he saw that Danielle noticed him stealing her hard earned berries, he quickly scampered off. She immediately thought of a name for him. Swiper!!! Danielle laughed and was delighted that the little chipmunk would enjoy the delicious berries.
After finishing the berries, Sara and Danielle were rather warm. They decided to cool off in the brook. They sat down and rolled their pant legs up to their knees then slowly stepped into the water. It was cool and refreshing. They waded around in the brook for a while. The sand at the bottom felt soothing under their feet. Danielle squealed as a fish brushed up against her leg. It startled her! Sara bent over and scooped water up in her hands and splashed it towards Danielle. A water fight ensued!
After a few moments, Sara and Danielle were soaked with water. They called a truce and stepped out of the brook. They lie down on the warm grass and let the sunrays dry their clothes. What a marvelous day!
Once their clothes were dry, they determined it was time to go. Neither wanted to leave but they knew they must. Life was a bit challenging on the other side but coming to their special place brought cheer to their day and refreshed their spirits enough to give them courage to move on with positive attitudes and a strong spirit.
Sara and Danielle walked down the path and stopped at the branched gate. They looked at each other, smiled encouragingly and passed through the gate.
They were once again presented with the hustle and bustle of daily life but their hearts were warm and they knew that they have each other, they have family, and they have friends to keep them happy and filled with love.
Whenever they need a refresher, they knew they have their special spot to take a moment to slow down and enjoy the small things in life.