On Top of the World

a reptile on a grassy field

David Ksieniewicz was golfing in South Carolina last week. His shot landed on an alligator lying near a pond. The alligator didn’t move…

Golf-playing friends make excuses; I don’t recall any being alligator-related!

Apparently the U.S. Golf Association rule book makes allowances for alligators: ‘Rule 16 covers when and how the player may take free relief by playing a ball from a different place, such as when there is interference by an abnormal course condition or a dangerous animal condition.’

The Petersens reminded me of the old feel-good Carpenters’ song:

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

I’ve had recent conversations about cancer treatments, psychotic episodes, children causing anxieties, eating disorders, future uncertainty… real problems, real pain…

…but also happy children returning to school, businesses pleased to reopen, friends delighted still to be working from home…

Musing on: ‘There is wonder in most everything I see’.

Looking out of the window – bright blue sky, green grass, yellow daffodils, pansies and forsythia, Mr Robin building a nest, a pair of fat pigeons dancing in comical courtship…

The song’s about love’s freshness and excitement… Love comes in many shapes and sizes – in our families, with our friends. Love that shares tough times, that matures, becoming stronger and deeper.

Solomon, after seven years building the temple, prays: ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or earth below – you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.’

Those with a faith may talk about feeling ‘on top of the world’ because of they’ve discovered or rediscovered God’s love… There is something ‘wholehearted’ about love…

Meanwhile I muse on what to do with a golf ball on an alligator…

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