Dakota Creek Picnic Bench
We often drive by scenes of rest and tranquility because that state of mind is far removed from our own everyday emotional existence. We cannot fathom having the time and peace of mind to calmly sit and look out on the scenery. There has been created a phobic reaction to the overwhelming thought of actually having free time on our hands. Essentially, I believe I should always be doing something or planning something. I could read a book or a newspaper or eat a meal alone, no, I should include a friend or two in a shared grandiose social experience, but I cannot just sit and look.
On Runge Avenue a simple picnic table and it's benches sit between a fence and a large thicket of blackberry bushes. A small hand written sign designates that neighbors are welcome to come and use this view spot. For many who live on the other side of the street, the view of Dakota Creek and Drayton Harbor is difficult, if not impossible to see. This gesture of consideration from one water side neighbor creates common ground where everyone can share this sea vista and find their own peace of mind.
One complication still exists however, that is finding the time to use a view.
When we reach out and embrace our neighbors we see pictures that enhance everyday life in our own international community.