As a child I often got into trouble for playing in the streams of water that appeared in springtime in the lane next to our home. I loved re-directing the rivulets, making dams and watching sticks being carried along the stream’s path.
However, as an adult, I’ve repeatedly told little ones to stop playing in the ditches that separate properties from the road throughout the Cow Bay area. Springtime waters are a magnet for young explorers.
Ditches fill with snow in winter, are dry in summer, and usually hold streams of water in spring and fall when there is more rain. It’s always a nice surprise to catch a glimpse of ducks swimming in them.
Not far from my home, the Cow Bay River always seems to attract more activity in springtime when rains and melting snow increase the water level. Gaspereau fish attract the attention of both Ospreys and fishermen at some point during the spring as well.
I’ve panned for gold along the river, as have others over the years. I didn’t discover any gold, but did share a wonderful afternoon with a friend in a peaceful outdoor setting.
You don’t have to play in spring streams up to your knees in order to enjoy the waters of March. Just the sound of running water and the sight of sunlight sparkles on its surface can do wonders to enhance a walk in the woods or the neighborhood in springtime.
And the riverbank talks
Of the waters of March
It’s the promise of life
In your heart, in your heart.
~ Antonios Carlos Jobim