One of our favorite episodes of the British comedy Keeping Up Appearances was when Hyacinth decided that she wanted to host a “riparian picnic”. When she invited her guests to join her and Richard on the picnic, they all had to look up the word “riparian” to find out its meaning. They found out that the picnic would happen by a river since the word means “by or near a river”. The result of the picnic near the river was that Hyacinth and Richard ended up getting drenched in the river while the guests laughed about the ending.
We decided to have a riparian picnic of our own today. We packed a lunch of smoked fish (haddock), potato salad, bread, mayonnaise, and cookies with some iced tea and drove to a little roadside park we had seen when we were driving in the area last weekend. It is a place called Hebb’s Landing and it is by the side of the Annapolis River. There is a boat launch there and several places for picnics to happen. We chose a covered one by the side of the river. The wind was blowing briskly but the sun was shining brightly so we anchored down our paper plates with heavier objects and began the picnic, putting mayonnaise on bread and scooping up potato salad and munching happily as we looked up the beautiful blue water of the river running nearby.
One could not have asked for a more beautiful and tranquil scene for having a picnic or for any other reason. Birds swam in the water. Wildflowers grew in the grasses in our view. We were thankful to be there enjoying this special moment together.
God gives us special moments in life to enjoy. Sometimes they are planned, as was this picnic and there are other times when the moments just happen and we can bask in the beauty, serenity, and love of the place and the people we may share the moments with.
Our days in Nova Scotia are winding down. Soon we will leave the cool breezes of the Bay of Fundy to return home to the hot winds of our Texas summer as they give way to the hint of autumn in the air that we hope will come quickly. Even as we enjoy each of the remaining days here with the natural beauty and the pleasant feeling air, we will give thanks for the blessings of being able to share this together with one another. We will also give thanks to God for allowing us to enjoy these blessings and for the moments in which we live.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. “ (Numbers 6:24-26)