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Today was the first sunny day we’ve had in awhile, and the pneumonia had me staying indoors for such a long time before that. So, I decided to go to our city park for a little bit of sunshine that wasn’t attached to our yard.

In a small town, many times the city park is sandwiched between things and next to other things — there’s not a lot of wide-open space to put a park.  But the city does the best it can with the space it has, and I’m glad.  On days like this it’s a day to get out and enjoy some long-awaited sunshine.

Our city park is sandwiched between two schools (one on either side) and railroad tracks on one side.  Houses take up whatever border is left.  And that’s fine — it’s not like a smoke-blowing factory is right there, or a fish hatchery, or a rendering plant….well, you get the idea.  So anyway, here are some scenes from my jaunt around the park.

White Tree

This little cutie walked right up to me!

This little cutie walked right up to me!

There's actually a chain-link fence under all this -- maybe to hide the school from the park!

There’s actually a chain-link fence under all this — maybe to hide the school from the park!

No bushes could hide these arena lights, high up over the school's sports arena

No bushes could hide these arena lights, high up over the school’s sports arena

Trees and parking lot -- cool combination

Trees and parking lot — cool combination

Lonely and cold

Lonely and cold

Look!  It's green!  I get kind of excited at seeing anything that is not dead and gray/brown

Look! It’s green! I get kind of excited at seeing anything that is not dead and gray/brown

Another thing about perspective — I’ve been really delving into that subject lately in my own life — it can be different depending on what angle you see things from.  I mean, the same person can see two different perspectives about the same thing, depending on which vantage point they are at.  Care must be taken in life to see something from all vantage points before deciding what the reality of it really is.

Take this tree for example:

Evergreen

This stately evergreen tree has obviously seen some rough days and looks uneven, but over all still looks nice.  It’s a nice day and I’m sure it’s enjoying the sunlight as much as I am this day.  Compared to this next tree….

Evergreen

….which obviously has seen much rougher days and looks more like a Charlie Brown tree.  I took the pictures of these two trees a few minutes apart from each other and wondered if the park board was going to leave this tree there or cut it down.

But here’s the thing: both pictures are of the very same tree.

So many times I have made snap opinions about something or someone or some situation based on only one side of things, and then turned out to be totally wrong.  It’s difficult to really know what a situation is about until it is seen from all angles.

So, that’s my walk through our tiny little park.  We’re proud of it, though.  It’s a friendly little place to be.  While I was taking pictures a lady and her sweet little dog walked by me and the little dog wanted to love me to death.  So the lady and I had a friendly chat.  Having friendly chats with total strangers is getting less and less common.  I miss it.

The sunshiny day today was a reminder: Spring is close!  It won’t be long!  Hope all of you are holding out and looking forward to getting out and enjoying sunshine soon!