Metropolitan Homesick Blues

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ON A WINTER AFTERNOON

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Benches at the Big Flag at the foot of High Street, Southampton

2011 is two days old. The day is gray, cold and full of wind-blown flurries. Winter is back.

It left briefly after 17 continuous December days of snow squalls that laid the foundation for a White Christmas. But by New Year’s Eve temperatures rose and snow melted leaving us looking at mud crusted snow banks, patches of green grass and moist, marshy farm fields full of swales and ponding water. Not pretty.

But, today there is the feeling of a storm in the air. Off the County two-lanes, close to the lake you can hear it building.

Rushing water-filled ditches alongside the gravel concession road send their torrents towards Huron. We drive slowly because the sudden drop in temperature creates patches of ice ahead of us. Sliding off the frozen gravel here would truly be a minor disaster.

The shoreline is ice-bound quite a ways out. We watch the white-capped waves send breakers crashing in over hillocks of frozen pack ice, their spray rising high in the building wind. It is a harsh but beautiful landscape.

It is a contradiction. Everything is still except for the wind. The wind shuts out all other sounds. You can see the water break on the ice crusted shore but you can’t hear it. You can see the swirling ditch water pounding through culverts under the road and disappearing beneath ice-covered rocks on the shore but you can’t hear it. You know Huron is out there but the horizon has vanished.

It is both a wild place and a perfect place…a tranquil place in spite of the weather around us. It is the ideal place to stand and watch a New Year whip its way into our lives.

Written by metropolitanhomesickblues

January 2, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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  1. Tranquility surrounded by the energy, sights and sounds of nature….what a beautiful picture you paint. Thank you Ed, and I hope the New year whips up a wonderful landscape of happiness and joy for you and Norma and the family.
    Denys forwarded this to me and I will thank her and get us working on a plan to see Huron in the winter.
    I’ll have to wait for a ‘snow free’ forecast on the roads though!!
    Patti Hinton

    patti hinton

    January 11, 2011 at 8:27 PM

  2. Hey Ed, Thanks for the reminder that I happen to live in a place away from the hustle and bustle and your words bring that back into perspective for me. 2011 is starting off way too fast. I hope it slows down a bit so I can work on my golf swing. Happy 2011..

    Mark Kamachi

    January 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM


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