Wednesday, July 01, 2009

A Fountain Of Gladness

Rose Garden fountain... Norfolk Botanical Gardens
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"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles." ~ Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)

Well... the dog days of summer are here. Yes, these days between early July and early September when the hot sultry weather of summer usually occurs are the dog days of summer. Even my dog would rather be out only a few minutes and spend the rest of her day lounging... on the sofa, on the bed, on the pillow, on the rug... anywhere she can. And I would be down there with her.. sitting in the air conditioning or under the ceiling fan. It seems that everyone uses the "hot" words... sweltering, oppressive, scorching, blasting, burning... and these words, by themselves seem to send the mercury soaring even higher.

Come with me to another place with only natural air conditioning and no fans. It is still hot, still 95 degrees and the breeze is still missing in action. Now, I'll add a few "cooling" words such as.. shady, dark, refreshing, bubbling, clear, wet, ... and already I feel a slight chill. Feed your eyes with the smooth flowing of the fountain, rest your weary head in the shade of the overhanging tree and let your ears cool you with the sweet gurgling sound of the water here.... There, are you starting to feel better? I am.

Watery Wednesday has many wonderful ways to cool off.

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