Happiness by the Railroad
I received a call from one of our members, in the area, telling me, “It’s our anniversary!”
“Congratulations, Nimai!” I didn’t bother asking, “How many years?” The number wasn’t so important but the occasion was. Here’s a man who was recognizing the importance of a bond that was established with his partner, and the moment when the deal was sealed, when garlands were exchanged—and perhaps rings were given. Marriage is a sign of great commitment, sacrifice and patience. It is a time to celebrate when life becomes embellished with a garland of virtues. After all, co-operation and compromise are symbols of love.
I was happy to hear of a proud anniversary and a happy marriage with two children, a boy and girl.
Overall, it was a good day. For February, it couldn’t be better. It’s like springtime. Jay and I took to celebration as well. We wanted to meet the sun, wind and air. The street, the sidewalk, the trail and the railroad track were our foundation for an hour.
Did someone doubt the railroad track? Yes, momentarily we hit the track. I've taken to a few in the past. With caution, they can be fun. I wouldn’t encourage it, though.
In 1996, on my first Cross Canada walk, I felt I had no choice. Near the town of Orillia, there is this busy casino. The traffic was horrendous on this one, long weekend day. With forest on both sides, I thought I would be hidden enough—tucked away I was. It was a gorgeous walk.
May the Source be with you!