From The Observer News
In the summer of last year my wife and I moved to Hernando County. We had talked about moving for years, and it was always floating around as an idea. One evening we were out to dinner with my folks in Hernando County and picked up a realtor’s newsletter. The next thing we knew, we had bought a house and we were packing boxes. We tend to move at warp speed, or not move at all.
Small moments of grace on the lake come in the mornings when the eastern sky fills with the sun’s light and the fog on the lake begins to drift away. Something is always moving out there. Shorebirds, ducks, frogs, turtles, and even an occasional alligator move and wander as I sit on the banks and watch or listen. The other night the moon was almost full and its light reflected off the still and cold surface of the lake. It is truly a gift to find such splendor and beauty just out our back door.
We need large, wild places in Florida where there are no houses or strip malls and there is just habitat and open space for wildlife. We need to protect our rivers, and stop treating the Gulf of Mexico like a sewer. Sometimes it is overwhelming to consider what we are doing to Florida.
When I reach that point I head out the back door and haul the old lawn chair down to the lake. Soon, thoughts of loss are replaced with amazement as a kestrel flies over, or a family of ducks waddles past. If you care about Florida these days you take your small moments of grace where you can.
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