McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: Take a walk in the park |

McKibbin’s Scribblin’s: Take a walk in the park

Mike McKibbin
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One of life’s greatest truths has to be that just when you think you know something, or have it figured out, you realize you don’t. And sometimes that’s a good thing.

Take the weather. Yeah, I know, what do I know about the weather? Just that it changes. Eventually. But as you get up there in years, you also think you know how and when the seasons change.

Climate change has thrown a wrench into that pattern, that’s for sure. But I’ve grown up in Colorado with the common belief that when October gets here, nights get chilly, days get shorter and leaves start to change. And by Halloween, sometimes on Halloween, we’ve usually had at least a little snow on the ground.

That was my mind-set on Tuesday, the first day of the month. I thought it would be a good chance to take some photos of changing leaves, since I never have time to take a trip to the high country to see the aspen leaves. I knew the leaves in Rifle wouldn’t be nearly as brilliant, but I expected to see more than what I did see at Centennial Park. You can check out my photos on page 12.

What struck me was how summer-like the park, the grass, the trees, most of the leaves looked. All the rainfall we had last month definitely spurred whatever causes things to look green to really go to town. A beautiful, clear, blue Colorado sky overhead, just a little breeze and only a few other people in the park to share all the greenery. Very relaxing and a chance to pull myself away from this computer screen that usually has me chained to a chair nearly every day.

I was once again reminded that we live in a blessed world, even with all the problems and strife we seem to never solve. The earth continues to spin, rain falls, grass and trees grow. Mother Nature reminds us who’s in charge in other, less welcome ways, like the recent floods and wildfires.

But sometimes it’s nice just to take a walk through the park, you know? Forget the trials and tribulations of our daily lives and just breath deeply, relax and let your mind drift.

Who knows what might happen if we all did that on a regular basis?

We just might all treat each other better. And maybe solve a few of the world’s problems.

Mike McKibbin is the editor of The Citizen Telegram.

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