Bending down to get to her level I pointed out the turtles on a log. I heard an urgent whisper in my ear, as this little girl said, “Will those turtles kill me?” Turning my neck to look at her, I was taken aback, truth be told, surprise written all over my face. I then quickly whispered in her ear, “Oh, no, Honey! Not at all. They are more scared of you cuz you are so much bigger then they are.” She seemed to think about that and then ….
She spoke again, in all earnestness. Leaning towards me, she whispered in my ear, “Are there alligators in that water?” Again, surprise on my face. I could “feel” she meant what she asked and in fact, more then a little scared. I whispered back in her ear, “Oh my goodness! No! There are absolutely no alligators in that water. They don’t live here.” I reached out to touch her hand to give a reassuring squeeze.
Her relief was palpable. You could “touch” it.
Then her older brother piped in, “Can I go swimming in that water?” (typical boy!) I looked at him, made an ughhhh face, and replied, “You wouldn’t want to. Yuck! There is all kind of mud and creepy things in that mud and besides that water is kinda dirty.”
I looked back at the parents of these cute little kids, and they, holding hands, were smiling at me.
Before I knew what was what, these kids turned around, as if the show was over, to go skipping down the path. Parents looked at me, smiled, and I of course grinned from sheer joy. And then we went our separate ways.
The interchange with those kids left a very warm glow in my Heart.
The gallery below is of the flowers in my gardens that I took pictures of on Oct. 10th. They are taken with my cellphone and not edited. ENJOY!
Photography/ “Small Fry”/ October 2018©AmyRose