Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

A walk in the Arb



Last night I was in Ann Arbor watching the University of Michigan’s Brigadoon with my Aunt.  This morning, before driving back to home I took myself for a walk in the arboretum, a park on the banks of the Huron River.

As I got out of the car I was met by these two.  They were welcoming me to the park.

I was looking for spring, and there were a few signs.

I was out early, and the park was full of animals and birds, but no other people.  I saw a little red squirrel chasing a bigger brown squirrel, and above them was a red tailed hawk just squawking away.  Then I heard footsteps behind me; a little herd of deer was passing me on the hill, coming up from the river.  They looked at me, I looked at them, and I think we all smiled, it was such a beautiful morning even though the sky was heavy with clouds and the threat of rain.

I moved along, looking for more signs of spring.  If you looked closely you could see quite a bit of green.

And I was thinking of Diana when I took this photo; it reminded me of snakes.

Eventually I got back to the memorial to my parents that sits near the canoe landing.

Even though it’s been there a few years now it still makes my heart beat faster when I first see it.  I wish they were walking in the Arb with me, but I guess in a sense they are.

This is the canoe landing near their stone.  Pretty, ey?

Nearby was a downed ash tree, with the pretty but fatal marks of the ash borer that killed it.

And another friendly goose.  My Mom always liked the Canadian geese that visited her dock down in Alabama.

Then I looked just down the river and saw this graffiti on the train trestle.

It seemed fitting.  So I did.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

8 thoughts on “A walk in the Arb

  1. That’s a beautiful memorial, Dawn. And I loved seeing those green leaves unfurling!


  2. I’m glad you put a close up of the plaque at the end, because I was going to make a request for just that.

    What a beautiful place. This sounds like a perfect “Dawn Day” for your birthday.


  3. Very lovely in all respects.



  4. Happy Happy Happy Birthday Dawn! I can’t wait to see all the new and wonderful pics you take with your camera. I wish I had known it was your birthday…..but there’s nothing like a belated card 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend


  5. I am also glad for the photo of the close up of the memorial. Very fitting and a loving tribute. Glad you had a good birthday Dawn!


  6. What a lovely place for a walk. Happy Birthday!


  7. Thanks for posting the memorial. It’s nice to have something like that in a beautiful setting that’s not a place of the dead but rather of the living.


  8. You’re right Ellen, that’s a nice way to think about it.


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