Oh Brothers, Let’s Go Down

by Stefani on 14-August-2007

There is a bridge, you’d miss it if you blinked, on the way to Nana’s house.

We never blink.

We wait for it.

“It’s coming, Mama!”

“Daddy, do you see it?”

When we cross it, we crane our necks to see how high, or how low the river might be today. You never can tell, with this rain and then this heat.

We always say that someday, we’ll stop, and we’ll have an up close look at that river, but as with many of the things that we always tell ourselves we’ll get ’round to, we don’t.

Then, one day, we wake up, and we decide that today, today we will make time to stop.

And when we do, we find that magic happens.

We walk where dinosaurs once tread.

Boy Prints

Only a few yards away there are real dino tracks!

We build a monument of river rocks, not so very far from where Spanish settlers built their missions.

River Rocks

We swim, in perhaps the same spot where AWOL Union soldiers bathed and prayed at night to avoid the Texas Rangers another day.


We cast our nets, hoping to catch one of the beautiful young bass, where Tonkawa boys, in ages past, did the same to help feed their families.

Minnow Man

We cooled our toes, and then our crackling bodies in the cold water, and like so many before us, saw the signs of summer’s waning.

Edge of Fall

Rivers do not stop. Time does not stop. But on occasion, people should.

(For the soundtrack, visit here.)

Dallas August 14, 2007 at 9:06 pm

Beautiful post. I often forget that there is a long history in the places around me. That water looks like it would be so refreshing to swim in.

Leigh-Ann August 14, 2007 at 9:42 pm

our thing was watching “for the tower” 🙂 Mama and Dad would tell us who got to say they saw it each visit. It was so exciting! (that swim looks like it was NICE!!! write a book already! you are ADDICTIVE!!!!

PS> we are both Kat, but you can be CAT!!! there! 😉

Sarah Jackson August 14, 2007 at 9:56 pm

Lovely – that looks like such a perfect day. I think we could use a day like that around here soon.

Anne August 14, 2007 at 10:24 pm

I want to swim in that river. Your pictures are lovely.

Sarah August 15, 2007 at 5:30 am

Man, I want to swim there. I have yet to find a good swimmable river here. le sigh.

austinmama August 15, 2007 at 5:34 am

Isn’t it a good feeling to break free from the “some day” and make it today?! Really like the soundtrack.

kirsten August 15, 2007 at 5:44 am

good for you for stopping! i’m with sarah, i’m jealous that you found a good swimming place. there aren’t any here.
(BTW, bandana pants went well, will post photos after camping)>

Randi August 15, 2007 at 7:06 am

This is a great post with perfect pictures!

erin August 15, 2007 at 10:13 am

that water look so clear and refreshing! aren’t you glad you stopped?

Heather August 15, 2007 at 11:31 am

Those pictures are amazing. I wanted to dive in. My daughter and I listened to the song over and over again today… I love that song. I love anything that A.K. sings.

beki August 15, 2007 at 11:41 am

What gorgeous green water! Lucky you to have such a great place so near.

cloth.paper.string August 15, 2007 at 12:14 pm

thanks for sharing such loveliness! and for putting that little tune in my mind. be well, sarah

Steph August 15, 2007 at 1:04 pm

What a beautiful post! I love looking around and thinking about what and who came before us. But you didn’t show us the dino tracks!

Stacy August 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Such a beautiful post. You encouraged me to find a “river” today. We ended up taking a walk on an old railroad corridor today. Of course, we forgot the camera.

Natasha August 15, 2007 at 3:59 pm

I love this post and such poignant pictures!

Natasha August 15, 2007 at 4:01 pm

I love this post and such poignant pictures!

jen t August 15, 2007 at 6:45 pm

oh! that water looks amazing!

Ellie August 15, 2007 at 6:56 pm

That sparkling river looks enticing. I hope you get a few more swims before the cold sets in. I can’t wait until our own Summer creek swims.
I agree with Leigh-Ann : write a book! I so enjoy reading your stories and adventures.

Tara August 19, 2007 at 1:36 pm

Wow, what part of Texas were you in? It’s gorgeous. When we were young we’d drive to Bryan to see family and my brother and I would argue to see who could see the mercury vapor light outside of my cousins’ house first.

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