At the end of a long day, there’s nothing better than to pick up a paddle and drift on water. A friend invited me to join her for kayaking. The moment we pushed off the shore we felt the stresses of the day drown in our wake.
I like returning to the same place because it is different every time. In the past I have seen rafts of turtles lined up on a log, a pair of Canada geese with their eight goslings fluffed out along the bank, and kingfishers darting to the water and back to the top of a dead tree. My friend has told me of beavers, but until yesterday I never saw one.
We were paddling along through an opening among tall grasses when off to my right I caught site of something brown and furry. There was a sliver of path leading to a small pool. A very large beaver was circling in it, his head almost the size of a football. Part of his back exposed a beautiful furry pelt. He stayed long enough for my friend to see before diving. He reemerged two feet from our kayaks. We watched him swim out to the main river and disappear.
When an animal crosses my path, I like to look up its symbolism. Beavers represent creativity and collaboration. They remind us to work together and to act on our dreams. They also have really soft fur!
What symbols do you see today?