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LETTER: Wake Forest’s beauty revealed on neighborhood walks

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Short neighborhood walks can be gateways to surprise and wonder. Eyes can reveal delightful sights in the greenness of landscapes, and attentive ears can catch the sounds of new life and nature’s healing work. Wake Forest has many treasures to discover along its walkways and byways.

As I head out on my daily walk, the sound of springtime birds alerts my senses. The day’s promise is ahead to enjoy. My attention and stride picks up as I catch the bubbling sounds of a small creek passing over a rocky waterfall. Tree leaves rustle in a light breeze, turning my eyes to the blue sky above — bigger and brighter than any confining house space — and my breathing opens up, relaxing more as I move along.

Even short walks can take you past wooded areas, grassy lots, wildflowers, yard gardens, sky-reaching pines, and flowering trees like tulip poplars, that offer a variety of colors, aromas, and textures to make your walk feel refreshing. This kind of experience helps us recognize that much of our town’s most colorful, inviting, and undisturbed beauty is on broad display for free, easily found on neighborhood walks.

Nature observed and felt this closely reveals an important part of the rich heritage that makes the Wake Forest community so desirable and special.

Mid-May is a time of life-giving transitions. Bird migrations, new plantings, smiling flowers, and hope. The great thing about hope is you can wait for it to come your way or go get it on your own. A short walk can help you get there.

Nice to see so many out giving it a try. This is what nature’s way of healing looks like.

Fred Jamison