Another day and the snow has hit the eastern coast. I am so greatful that we only got a tip of the storm and so sorry for those buried under. I saw that a barn collapsed and they are rescuing the cows that were trapped. I can't imagine the fright for those animals. We as humans can prepare for a storm...I know that the catasprohe's that happen are often unbearable, but for those left without a way to protect themselves....how scary for anyone in that position. We have seen unmeasurable destructions caused by mother nature this year. And I can't help but wonder..."what next?". I think today's word will be WONDER.
This word has a number of meanings that may be contradictory. To WONDER is to question, ask, speculate. But there are WONDERS of the world...WONDERS of nature.
Made me think today about back when I was a young child, Olson rug Company in Chicago had a waterfall and gardens to the side of their company. The owner owned a home in Little St. Germaine, Wisconsin and wanted to bring some of the outdoors to the city. He built the waterfall and the gardens for people to enjoy. It opened in 1935 on the 100th anniversary of the expulsion of Native American Indians in Illinois. On occasion, aside form the public enjoying the beautiful grounds...a WONDER to be sure, there were occasion performances from Indian Chiefs in their fantastic regalia.
I remember going there, climbing up the stairs, holding onto the birch log handrail, and then when you got to the top...you got to walk on a plank over the running waters. It was so thrilling and scary at the same time. I often WONDERED whether I could fall into the waters. I loved it. It was a nice get away on a warm summers day to visit the grounds. When it was eventually sold to Marshall Fields, they tore it all down and cemented it over to make a parking lot. What a shame. So much thought, love and kindness went into that place. I know that today there are waterfalls popping up all over the place, but none will ever come close to that WONDER. Today there are so many concerns over public safety. What a shame. hat a shame that the Indian chiefs are no longer there to perform their amazing dances and share their amazing regalia with us. Too bad that there are those who say we can't say Indian any longer because it is politically incorrect. I know that when I was young, my parents, grandparents and I never had any disrespect whatsoever. I can't help but WONDER where it all started. I WONDER who was the person behind the idea or tearing down something so beautiful, natural, and peaceful and replacing it with cement. I WONDER whether those same people are the ones who might on lake houses or go to the country for some respite? I really WONDER what the future holds for us? Have we become so needy for quick fixes that we don't spend time enjoyed the beauty of natures gifts?If you remember going to the Olson waterfalls, share your memories here.
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