Today has been just spectacular weather -wise: bright, sunny, comfy temps... and quiet...a perfect ending to summer and the beginning of the mad rush rush of the new Fall season. After I completed my one main task for the day: tally up and reconcile monthly XPNS (expenses/accounts), I decided to take a leisurely walk to Zeke's and sit out on the Avenue with a cup of coffee and my iPhone. I had about an hour left of A Tale for the Time Being, thinking that would make a great walking companion.
Imagine my surprise when I arrived at Zeke's to find a CLOSED sign on the door. But of course, today is Labor Day and the employees deserve a day off, too. So, I decided to walk to the Franciscan Monastery, about 14 blocks away. Along the way, I saw many trees with leaves changing to bright red; a Buddha sitting in a cirlce of stones. I arrived at the Monastery and found a seat at the Lily Pond, listening all the while to the Tale and taking in the gorgeous scenery and weather.
I had about 40 minutes of the book left and I knew it would take me about 30 minutes to walk home, so I started my return journey. The block before the Monastery is National Park Service Grounds, a part of Rock Creek Park...and the site of the battle at Fort Bunker Hill during the Civil War. Whenever I walk to the Monastery, I pause at the park, my eyes looking deep into the wooded area. I think of those who fought and died, there on that piece of land. There are no memorials, just a sign... and the wooded area continues to thrive. Perhaps that's a sign that this country's founding ideals will persevere, too. I hope so.