Today my ride took me to a fellow Silent Book Club member’s home to pick up The Library Book by Susan Orlean. Their house wasn’t far – maybe 15 minutes away by bike but it once again took me down to the Taylor Creek Trail – a route I’ve been on many times this summer both for random rides as well as on the way to specific destinations.
Today as I rode along, a sign caught my eye. Though I was moving along at a good pace, I’m trying to be more conscious of stopping and appreciating things that catch my eye and so I pulled over and walked back where I saw this:
I have to admit at first I was worried that it was a specific memorial. Very often a sign and memorial like this will go up where something bad happened, like the white ghost bikes here mark where a cyclist was killed by a driver. But somehow a more general “Let’s all remember the people we love together” seems the opposite of that. Not happy, exactly, but a warm sharing feeling. I was so glad to see it.
I cropped the photo so you can have a closer look at what was left.
In times like we’re living in now, connecting in human ways – even physically distant and somewhat anonymous – is so important.