Wreathed in smiles.


Well, the big holiday has finally arrived. Of course, despite the fact that it is Christmas Day, you cannot help but notice that the landscape doesn’t resemble a vintage print by Currier and Ives, but instead, the grass is lush and green and still scattered with leaves.  Shortly after I set out on my walk today, I saw a couple of young girls on pogo sticks bopping  along the sidewalk, and, nearby, in Ford Park, a young man was shooting hoops.  This year, skates and sleds under the Christmas tree would be worthy of a snicker or two.

While strolling down Emmons Boulevard, I saw passersby, wreathed in smiles, who gushed “Merry Christmas” even though I’d never seen them before. Of course I waved and responded in kind … there are no strangers on holidays and it’s all good.

I took tidbits of old bagels and bread heels to throw out to any lucky waterfowl at the footbridge. As I approached the bridge, I suddenly was happy I had the camera with me, because not only were there mallards, but about thirty Canada geese as well.  I quickly positioned myself with the camera and my bag of treats.  To my dismay, however, the geese and ducks started heading in the opposite direction, once they saw the hulking human in the salmon-colored down coat lurking on the footbridge.  I quickly opened the bag and skipped some bagel chunks across the water.  They double-backed in a matter of seconds, so I offloaded some more treats which were greedily gulped down.  So, it was a lucky day for both of us, as they got an unexpected treat and I got a ton of up-close shots of them congregating in the Creek.

Finally, I tore myself away and next headed down to the River and over to the marina where it was quiet, save for a few ducks that swam in circles around the dock pilings. I lingered there awhile, taking some more pictures, and, soon a bicyclist came over and stopped to ask what got my attention.  “Just the ducks in this peaceful setting” I said.  He watched awhile as well.  He agreed that it was an idyllic scene, then wished me “Merry Christmas” and quite unexpectedly grabbed my hand and shook it before he quickly hopped back on his bike and headed off for parts unknown.  I began to feel warm and fuzzy all over, and it wasn’t just my Winter woolens.

I arrived home wreathed in smiles from adding more miles to my 2015 walking log, plus I had a definite glow from the walk in the chilly air as well as the glad tidings. The wreaths featured above, are just a few of the many beautiful wreaths that adorn the stately homes along Emmons Boulevard.

Christmas is the season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart. – Washington Irving

Merry Christmas everyone.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to Wreathed in smiles.

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    The weather was just beautiful. The birds must have been happy to see their Christmas meal. The wreaths are just so festive.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    I got lots of pictures of them Marge – one in particular was thrashing around in the water and I had to keep stepping back from him as I didn’t want to get the camera wet … you know, of all the pictures, maybe 1/4 will come out looking half-decent. 🙂 I actually had taken about 8-10 more wreaths but I had to pick the clearest looking ones from the bunch. The glass in the door made a glare in some of them. I really liked the one with the woman’s boot on it … very cool looking.


  3. ann marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………………………..I do like Mr. Washington Irving’s quote about Christmas………………I took a lady with me to church this morning and then worked at the soup kitchen then ate dinner with steven then we visited our neighbors upstairs…………so I’m tired now but wanted to wish you special greetings


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – I figured you were really busy and that’s why I hadn’t heard from you in a few days. I’m glad you liked the quote. At least the weather was cooperative for all your jaunts to do all the good that you do – I know everyone is very appreciative. I hope you take a few days off now to recuperate. Thank you for the special greetings – they are returned right back to you!


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