The pond that was partially our backyard, and mostly to retain water for the neighborhood was also teeming with life. There two several fairly large Alligator Snapping turtles that lived in the pond. Additionally, there was always geese in or on the pond. The Geese were on the pond in the dead of winter, standing on the ice near the one section of the pond that always froze last. Plus and I have mentioned these before, we had for two summers beavers. The last few pictures are of the beaver coming up onto the pond frontage near the pool. I suspect there were far too many loud children in our yard for the Beavers to be comfortable coming further than a couple of feet out of the water.
There were also some mud or softshell turtles, one of the pictures is of such a turtle climbing up onto a drain pipe. Greenwood Indiana sits about 20 miles south of Speedway Indiana. Speedway Indiana is the home of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IMS which is famous for hosting the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard races. Every year we lived there te didn’t get to watch the race on TV, because it is blacked out in Indianapolis. We were far enough away that we couldn’t hear the race, but we were close enough to feel the impact of the traffic. I am going to DVR the race today, so I can watch it later on because well, for those years I missed the race!
When you look back at moments that were in the life, it is funny what you remember. I remember the memorial day being about the race. Now, living near Arlington National Cemetery, I realize that memorial day has a different and more important meaning than that race. It is a day to remember those who gave their lives in dance of the rest of us. As we wind down today’s post I would like first of all to thank all of those around the world that serve to protect the rest of us. Your services are greatly welcomed. But additionally, I would like to tip my hat to those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice. Giving their lives so that others would live. Today we remember those who died protecting the rest of us.
Thank you for the gift of freedom.