Today's gathering begins with a meditation about reliving a wlak in the woods. Our book reminds us of a quotation by John Muir: In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.
As meditation segues to conversation, the residents are quick to point out that this is a photo o New York. Bob B. notices that the loeaves are turning and Barbara begins to sing "Autumn in New York." It's Fall because there are a lot of leave son the ground and the couple rae wearing jackets.
They are a couple even though they re not holding hands. They are just out to enjoy the leaves before they all start coming down. I ask the residents if they can see anyone else on the path and they do not. "Where are all the other rwalkers?" I ask. "They've all been murdered," replied Barbara. I start laughing and say her name in a playfully exasperated way and she replies, "Well, you asked." Bob B. interjects, "No, otherwise the couple would be running!"
It's a pleasant day. The leaves are still on the trees. It smells clean. It smells like nothing. Leaves have a smell that is pleasant but hard to describe. Eileen says that in New York, there are all kinds of beautiful parks like this and she's walked in many of them. "I use to walk with guys," she says. Bob B. replies, "A pretty girl brings out the guys."
We mention today's Muir quote, Barbara comments, "Mother Nature is there all the time... and she keeps seeing the people disappear. . . they're the ones who make the mess."
The ever insightful Bob B. closes our conversation by reminding us that "You have to have the patience to receive (nature) because if you are in a rush, you won't get the benefits."