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Water Dancing on the Ceiling


As I write this, we’ve just passed the Autumn Equinox. The sun is out, the air is fresh and the leaves on the trees are beginning to color. It’s a bit cliché to say it’s a reflective time, but I’d like to share a personal experience from childhood and how this memory forward is carried through to this day.

I grew up in a bungalow-styled house with a wrap-around porch next to a lake in Minnesota. I remember lying on the living room floor looking up at the ceiling and marveling at the dancing light reflected off of the lake. We don’t live on a lake now, but we found a way to bring to water to our home.

Our current house faces south. In one of our improvements we replaced a small window with a large one that allows light to pour into our living room. After that, my nephew and I dug out a 30-inch deep basin in front and I worked with a concrete contractor to build a pool. We have a deck and covered porch overhanging the pool, but that’s another story. On sunny days like today, light is reflected off of the water onto our ceiling, animating it with dancing ripples and reviving a childhood memory.[youtube]https://youtu.be/2q1Cn48bp-g[/youtube]