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A Summer Idyll Awakens

On a quick business trip to Hanover this past week I couldn’t help but nip over to my favorite Upper Valley swimming hole. The water is still emerald green and wonderfully transparent (in the summer I occasionally wear a diving mask to better enjoy its clarity); however winter storms and the spring melt have wrought havoc on my little dam:

Norwich Swimming in Spring 2016a.jpgBeyond swimming, on each cooling visit (sometimes up to three per day when the weather is insufferably humid), I add dozens of downstream rocks to the barrier with a zen-like focus that is sometimes tough to break. By summer’s end I can increase the depth of the pool by six or seven inches. But, as you can see above, come the following spring, I have to start over again. John Rassias used to do a Myth of Sysyphus pantomime that he would end by turning to the audience and offering a memorable existentialist smile. Sysyphus’ rock would roll back down the hill, and my dam will wash away each year. Undaunted, I’ll start re-building when we get back to Hanover in June.

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