I just started doing water aerobics and walking in the riverwalk at my local aquatic center. I love water aerobics because I feel free. I can run, jog and do jumping jacks with very little pain. I can hop and skip like I did when I was a little girl. All I do is smile and have fun for the hour.

I will then walk in the riverwalk. The water is warm and soothing. I can feel my body relaxing with every step that I take. All of my stress just dissolves into the water. 

Last time I went to the riverwalk, I wanted to think of a new reflection to write about. Vulnerability is not easy to write about. I thought of a few things but nothing really clicked. 

I sat on the bench and let the waves soothe my body. I look out the windows and see the pine trees that are everywhere and I feed my eyes with the beauty of all that is all around me.

I realize that all the thins that I enjoy are vulnerable. The trees could be chopped down or a fire can take them. Georgia one day could have a drought and the water would be too precious to just sit in a pool.

Earth is vulnerable to us. All that we do or plan to do can hurt our planet even more or help it heal. It’s all in our hands. 

I may not live to see such destruction to our planet but my children and my  grandchildren will. I hope that we can come together to heal Earth. So that the seniors of the future can enjoy water aerobics and the riverwalk. They deserve to soothe their aching bones just like we do. 

~Rita Romero 

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2 Responses to Earth

  1. Katrina Yurko says:

    You know that saying “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone”? That’s the red flag . We can see the impact on our vulnerable world when we get a soothing benefit from it and know that its in shorter and shorter supply. Those of us who have next generation kids will live in a different world than we do. Lets hope they don’t blame us for the wreckage. Lets make our” best effort” to insure they can sooth their bones too.
    It will take more people like you, Rita, to move forward with Fortitude. Without that , we are all losers.

  2. Denise Dutton Benshoof says:

    This a great story and point, Rita!

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