Back in July, I shared pictures of a beautiful swan I encountered on my morning cycle run.
He was special.
As I happened upon him after deadline, seeing him was even more a delight.
He really brightened my day.
Loving whimsy as I do, I also believed his appearance was a good sign for my recently-finished book. I enjoyed bringing the swan into the tea room.
He was a bit of magic.
Maybe not Highland magic as this is Florida, but still….
To me, he was an enchanted swan.
I saw him again the other day. It was in late August during my writing break. I was out cycling later than usual. These days, I’m up very early and cycle and walk the beach before the big heat sets in.
On this particular day, I wasn’t able to get out as early as I’d hoped.
I was delayed.
And as I reached the pond where I’d seen the swan, there he was..
My happiness at seeing him again quickly faded. He was restless.
Something was bothering him. I could tell.
And I soon saw what it was…
On this day, he wasn’t content to enjoy his lovely pond.
His usual stomping grounds..
He appeared to have decided that the ‘grass is greener’ on the other side of the road.
Thing is, cars travel on that road!
I was horrified as I guessed his intentions. (you know me and animals) The closer he waddled toward the road, the more I worried.
He didn’t seem at all concerned..
Swans may be grace defined on water, but they are slow and awkward when toodling about on land.
Cars are fast, drivers often too absorbed with their own day to consider a swan might be ambling across the road.
So I did the only thing I could do…
I left my bike on the path and went to stand guard at the edge of the road. If a car came along, I was prepared to wave my arms in the air, warning the driver of the swan.
I made the road a swan crossing!
This was necessary because at this spot, there’s a bend in the road. Trees and shrubbery block the view around the curve. A driver wouldn’t see the swan until it was too late.
The curve in the road is between the two lamp-posts..
And wouldn’t you know, as soon as I positioned myself at the road’s edge and the swan started his slow waddle across the pavement, a car came around the curve?
Fortunately, an animal lover was at the wheel.
The driver saw me first, then the swan. He stopped, waiting until the swan safely reached the other side of the road and the pond that apparently beckoned to him more than his own that day.
Here he is safe and sound, his ‘road trip’ behind him..
I’ve often said, there is no such thing as coincidence.
To my way of thinking, the Kosmos delayed me that morning. Any other day, I would’ve been out and about hours earlier. Yet there I was, meeting my old friend in the exact moment he decided to cross a road.
Maybe nothing would’ve happened to him.
I certainly hope that is so!
Everything really does happen for a reason.
There are no coincidences.
I think Devorgilla delayed me that morning. And I also think the swan knows I’m his friend.
What do you think? Kosmos or coincidence?
Either way, have you ever gone the extra mile to help an animal? (knowing Tarts, I’m betting you have)
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