WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE…

I LOVE water. I adore it. Water is my favourite thing. It gives life and lack of it can take life away. Water goes where it wants, when it wants and nothing can stop it save the inventions of men. Majestic dams are built to contain and control it, but water is patient. If not for our diligence, water would erode and break down these containers and be free again.

Being born steps away from the shoreline of Lake Ontario has given me an affinity for watery wonders. I am not alone. Most people get excited at the mention of spending a day boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, wading, floating or simply gazing on a lake or ocean. Our heart rate slows simply hearing the sound of the surf and how better to enjoy that than  a walk along the beach.

Shores of Lake Ontario in Longbranch, Etobicoke, Ontario
Shores of Lake Ontario in Longbranch, Etobicoke, Ontario

Of course the old neighbourhood beaches of Longbanch pictured above have changed with so-called progress. The many glass and steel condominiums which now grace Lake Ontario shores have changed the community character, but the lake itself remains the same.

TTC routed along Longbranch which ran along the west shores of Lakes Ontario. Many inner city folks ventured to Longbranch for the day  to walk along the beaches and get back in touch with nature.
TTC routed along Longbranch which ran along the west shores of Lakes Ontario. Many inner city folks ventured to Longbranch for the day to walk along the beaches and get back in touch with nature.

I spent days searching the beaches of Longbranch for interesting items and found lots of things too.Too many to mention. For hours I would get lost in my world of water, rocks and sand. On those scorching hot, summer days I’d be swimming with friends, jumping off cliffs into the crystal, clean waters.  When not at the beach I was biking or walking through the end streets, mini-parks or lane access to the lake or would go hang out along Etobicoke Creek.

Etobicoke Creek flows into Lake Ontario from Oak Ridges Moraine.  http://http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak_Ridges_Moraine

  • Markland Wood is bounded by Etobicoke Creek to the west and Elmcrest/Renforth (tributary) Creek to the east.
  • Long Branch is bounded on the west by Etobicoke Creek.

Many times I sat with my legs on the fence below and watched the birds, the river and life go by as I took in the wafting aroma of the BBQ’s that filled the park being used by weekend vacationers. Every Saturday and Sunday folks from greater Toronto would descend on our little community. Marie Curtis Park would be full of people living the good life, spending the day swimming, fishing, eating and laughing. Ah, not a cell phone in sight.

Etobicoke Creek with Marie Curtis Park on the left and the start of Mississauga on the right.
Etobicoke Creek with Marie Curtis Park on the left and the start of Mississauga on the right.

I can’t imagine a world without water. In fact, it’s hard to believe there are many communities and countries without clean drinking water and it’s up to all of us to be ever diligent in protecting our water resources. To that end, in 1993 the United Nations dedicated March 22nd as the day to be aware of our water resources and what we can do to protect and keep our waters clean. It’s important to look at the simple things we can do as individuals in order to have this life-giving liquid in the years to come. 

Have a look:  World Water Day

Water sustains all life. When I am weary or stressed, water revives me. A warm bath, a sip of cool water on a hot, sunny day, a cup of tea or a walk along a beach works wonders to restore my equilibrium. A glass of good champagne will do the trick as well, but I feel infinitely better in the morning if I choose water instead.

 

In the world  there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. ~ Lao Tzu

 

 

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