Holiday Gatherings at the Myakka River State Park

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Holiday Gatherings

Guest Post by Nancy Dobias

originally posted November 2016

When Larry and I went to Myakka River State Park on Sunday, we never saw so many family get-togethers in the park.  Gatherings were everywhere as hamburgers and hot-dogs were grilled, picnic feasts were being overindugled, games were played and conversations were enjoyed.  Even the Myakka alligators had gathered their friends and families together along the banks of our favorite path.  It was quite remarkable to see so many alligators lining the banks of the river but since Thanksgiving is coming, perhaps they were there to give thanks for the bounty that the river affords.

Everywhere we went along the trail, the alligators provided credence to what the blessings of family and friends and holiday get-togethers are all about.  We first encountered two alligators, away from everyone else, enjoying some alone-time while they planned their future together or celebrated a joyous moment or just reveled in the fact that they had each other to get them through a lifetime of whatever is to be....

We saw that typical teen-ager biding his time as he awaited the moment when he could slip away and not be noticed....

Grandma and Grandpa were there reflecting on how much life had changed along the river and how it was so much better in the good old days....At least it looked like Grandma was reminiscing....Grandpa looked like he was trying to doze off if Grandma would just quit bending his ear.

Then there were a few who had eaten too much and were now hoping everyone would just leave them alone so they could just take a nap.

While others were going back for "seconds" because their plates had not been big enough to hold all the delectable goodies that they still wished to sample.

Finally we saw one of the younger children who was fast asleep dreaming of THAT NEXT BIG EVENT that follows Thanksgiving...dreaming of whether THE BIG GUY will drop down to visit all of the good little boys and girls who live along the Myakka River and leave them treasures that will delight them and provide fond memories of what it was like to be that child and to have received one of those very special gifts.

HOPE THE ONE SPECIAL GIFT THAT WE ALL RECEIVE IS THE GIFT TO SEE WHAT IS RIGHT IN OUR LIVES AND HOW BLESSED WE ARE TO LIVE IN THIS NATION.   HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!!

by Nancy Dobias