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Mary Jo Brown: Water’s beautiful lifecycle

Mary Jo Brown

Mary Jo Brown

In the good old summertime, one of the favorite places to be is at the pool. Living in the foothills by Breckenridge when I was younger, the only pool I knew of was at Summit County High School. I didn't get to town much so I didn't get to the pool very often. I had my own private water place though, it was a small pond where water ran off the mountain and seeped over and under rock piles made by the dredges where it had been mined for gold long ago. Although it was a nice little pond, I didn't go very often. The water was pretty cold and it didn't get hot enough, even in the middle of the summer.

When going to Denver to see relatives, I would go to the Curtis Park swimming pool and I eventually learned to swim, well, I called it swimming anyway. I could do a mean backstroke. In Craig, I went to the pool at the American Legion, but that was mostly for therapy.

Water is a major part of various places in our lives. Drinking, playing, cleaning, fishing, boating and worshipping. When I think of the various ways we use water, I sometimes think about where it comes from. Most of the time the accumulation of water starts as rain, snow or even icebergs melting, and I find it interesting in how it travels to get where it ends up. Rivers run long distances to reach their destination — it would be great to follow the entire course of the Colorado River.

Following the Grand Canyon in its journey, the Colorado River supplies water to several states during its journey. Magnificent in its splendor, the river brings life in many forms while giving up some of its self as it travels on the way. The many sounds it makes as it travels, very from the babbling of a brook, merrily winding its way through the woodlands, to the roaring of its majestic strength as it gets wider, more powerful and becoming beautiful white rapids or a wonderful waterfall as it makes its way to the ocean. Even during the floods, it's awesome in its power and rage and a force to be reckoned with.

Water is a precious, life-giving thing, and what a shame we don't take more time to thank God for the beauty of it and the many uses we have for it. Without water we would have nothing, it can't be manufactured, we can replace it in any way and yet we take it for granted. This summer may turn into a scorcher, so drink a lot of water and take care of yourself, but remember, waste not, want not.

Happy Birthday wishes going out to Lisa Dimick, Steven Burch, Janel Kemp and all those with birthdays this week.

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