The city decided to take advantage of my being distracted by chucking boxes filled with my belongings to deal with the old deck boards on my footbridge.
This particular footbridge was one of the landmarks of my walk into work. Not only did it mark the border between the city leg and the park leg of my journey, it’s where I stopped, offered my affections to my favorite little strip of water, and chirped a happy ‘Good Morning’ to all things Natural.
It’s also been a regular stand in for a LOT of my camera work.
A month ago, in the weeks leading up to the closing of the house, I had the opportunity to walk in to work, and came across the sign above. Now, my walking route was already in the process of being reconfigured (a different end point will do that 😀 ) so I took the bridge closure in stride…but I just HAD to see what they were doing on the old girl.
They got to work on her right away, I’ll give them that. They said they’d start on the 9th, and they did. The put up this rather dull-gray frock to catch any stray bits.
And when I got my nose right up to the chain-link fence they installed to really let the pedestrians know that she’s closed…
They removed all the decking as soon as they could. Although I loved the old footboards (that lovely shade that only comes from weather-worn wood makes a great backdrop), I do remember feeling a bit of shake whenever I walked across the bridge. The old girl was due a facelift.
Fast forward to today……………….
This is the 2nd walk I’ve taken to/from work since the move happened. We’ve had a lot of rain the last week, and I could see the shiny glimmer of standing water across the footpath in Bethesda park. Yea, this park regularly gets really wet, because it’s sooooo close to the river.
The flooding didn’t stop me, though. It offered me an opportunity to address the inner child. I stripped off socks and shoes, rolled up the pant legs, and splashed my way through the extra water.
Do you have any idea how POTENT it is to ground in flooded Earth? Especially when that patch of earth has been covered by water you have a special relationship with?
I hope all the witchy types reading my blog are nodding sagely at the moment…
The bridge is open for foot traffic again. She looks so shiny and new. Perfect to once again stand on her boards and offer my gratitude for the life that flows through my town.