Playing It Safe

 

                            "Don't think there are no crocodiles because the water is calm."

                                                                                          - Anonymous

 

 

 

 


    I find alligators fascinating.  I will bike five miles each way to a park in my area to observe the gators that live there.  Once, soon after I moved to Florida, I was riding my bike on the narrow path around the perimeter of that park.  I glimpsed a six-foot-long gator sunning itself along the lake.  I jumped off my bike, grabbed my camera, and quietly moved closer to get a good shot. 
   At one point, I was five feet from the amazing creature.  As I took another step, the gator slowly moved toward the water, which rippled as the gator inched its way in.  I stepped closer.  Just as I lifted my camera, I heard a loud grunting sound, and then the gator turned and slapped the water with its tail.  It was telling me to back off!  I jumped on my bike and never looked back.

 

 


   I learned later that an alligator can run as fast as a horse.  I realized I'd better keep my distance, especially during mating season.  I reflected upon my new life in Florida and all the things I had to learn to respect.  The Florida sun is another good example; it too can be a killer.  I now apply sunscreen liberally before venturing out.
   Another thing I need to learn to respect is my diet.  There are so many restaurants and early-bird specials down here, it would be easy to eat out three or four times a week.  But I need to avoid the rich, fatty foods that the staples at most restaurants.

 

 


   Yes, those gators have taught me a lot about respecting others as well as myself.  The water may seem calm, but danger lurks-especially at the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet.

TODAY I WILL BE ON MY GUARD.  I WILL BE READY FOR WHATEVER COMES MY WAY. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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