lost in jane austen

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Zen to Disaster...Bio to Bs

A hundred years ago, when Barry and I were first married, we went to the Japanese Botanical Garden in Fort Worth. It's really beautiful and there is a type of calm that comes over you. Of course I was with Barry so the calm was soon shattered. We were walking across a pond on the little round stones when
Barry pretended to "fall" into the pond, but the joke was on him. I will never forget the shocked look on his face when he hit the water and realized it was about 4 feet deep. I decided not to get angry since we were trying to have a fun stress free afternoon.

As we toured the garden, everyone that we saw seemed happy and peaceful. It was about the time we entered the Zen Garden that we heard the announcement, that the park would be closing in 15 minutes and we needed to make our way to the exit.
We left the Zen Garden and realized that we had no idea how to get out. At first we were casually walking in the direction we thought would lead us to the exit. After we passed a building for what we thought was the third time, we started to pick up our pace. And we started to argue since I was beginning to get hot and he couldn't understand why since his clothes were still wet from his "fall".
Then we had the brilliant idea to follow all of the other visitors to the exit. But we soon realized that the only people left had that same look of panic that we had. Where were all of the "you are here" signs? What had happened to that feeling of calm...why did my blood pressure feel as though it had shot up 4o points? We started thinking about where we were going to sleep if we were trapped for the night and I was thinking that our "till death us do part" might be coming a little sooner than planned.

Then all of the sudden Barry spotted the way out. My hero...and I think the Koi were pretty happy too, since we had been thinking we might have to eat sushi for dinner.


  1. The Japanese garden is beautiful and though it held a sense of peaceful tranquility it also held a small adventure for you and Barry. Thank you for a cute story and a nice chuckle. :)

  2. By the way - I notice that your blog has a Captcha code in order to leave a comment. I've been blogging since 2009 and have found that people are turned off and away when they come across those. This morning I visited several blogs and I noticed that the ones using a captcha code to prevent spam, all had little to no comments. Also some captchas are simple and others are almost impossible to figure out what they are . . . "Is that a b or an h ? Could that be an 8 or perhaps it's a B?"
    I find if my first attempt at deciphering a captcha fails then I give up and go to the next blog on my list. Shutting off the captcha might help generate more comments, but this is only a suggestion. :)

  3. Glad I was able to make you chuckle. Thanks for the advice to turn off the Captcha code. I hate those too, so I'm not sure why I had it on...but it's off now!

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