By Georgiann Baldino
Copyright 2013, All Rights Reserved
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By Georgiann Baldino
Spent cattails filled the roadside ditches. Their brown plush bodies had split wide open, woolly guts bursting out. Autumn’s amber colors receded, and the tarnished silver of winter approached. She wrapped herself in a parka and went for a walk in the woods. The dropping temperature promised she’d have the woodland to herself. Empty hats littered the forest floor; squirrels had stolen the corresponding acorns and tucked them away. She knew what she wanted to see and headed straight for the downed red pine.
Late last summer a hundred-year thunderstorm rolled in. When the weather alert came through, she took shelter in the basement of her townhouse. She enjoyed living near a forest preserve and often escaped into the woods to unwind. Not this day, however. The tall trees wavered and groaned in the wind. She peered through the basement escape window and saw a sky, both bright and bruised, a warning to stay indoors, but something drew her upstairs and outside to the patio. Rain pelted her skin. She had never experienced a thunderstorm this way. Without thinking, she took off running, moving like a skater over slick ground, gliding toward the trees. If she went slower, she’d trip on roots or rocks. Somehow she knew just the right speed to become graceful and secure. The grasses and ferns brightened to a startling green, alive with rain. Sane beings took shelter. Birds took wing and skirted deftly around high winds. Crazed rabbits ran for shelter. She stopped running and just watched.