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Jump Back Jack

Posted by lindamartinandersen on February 2, 2015

A Writer's Playground Fotosearch_u17996074“Jump Back Jack” by Linda Martin Andersen

February 2, 2015 is World Wetlands Day.  In recognition of this day, I’d like to share a story about a severe rainstorm that flooded my backyard last month.  (My brother took the photo below on an earlier date.  Thanks, Jim!)

Copyright Jim Martin

Copyright Jim Martin

We live on a creek which sometimes overflows its banks and fills an area that used to be a mill pond.  Thank goodness our house sits on a hill and flood waters have never reached it.  Although flooding is not desirable, it increases nature sightings.  Here’s one my husband observed:

A crow stood on the outside perimeter of our flooded yard.  Something jumped out of the water and the crow jumped back.  “Jump back Jack!” (my response)  The crow stood still for a second, maybe to regain his breath, and then flew away.

What about you?  Do you stand on the outside perimeter, “Jump back Jack,” or dive on in?  Words to Think On.

When I hear the words, “Jump Back Jack,” I am reminded of Mitch Capel, a storyteller, known as Grandaddy Junebug  http://www.gjbug.com/

He has his audience repeat this line, “Jump back Honey, jump back.”  What do the words, “Jump back” make you think of?

Please leave a comment below.  Thanks for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.”  I hope you’ll return soon and bring a friend.  I also encourage you to research mill ponds and visit one near you. 

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4 Responses to “Jump Back Jack”

  1. Joan Y. Edwards said

    Dear Linda,
    Wow! Your property really did get flooded. I loved how you interpreted the crow’s reaction. I think of “Step Back” as something in front of me needs room (paramedics or police). Thanks for your creative ideas that start us thinking and enjoying our world and its many fun facets.

    Never Give Up

    • Joan,
      Yes, our yard does get flooded at times. We have learned to accept it and anticipate our temporary guests like ducks, herons, and others.

      I like your thoughts on “Step Back.” I’ve heard that said before when there’s an emergency situation. Good one!

      Thanks for your kind compliment. I am glad you enjoyed this “Think on It” post. I would love to create a collection over time.

  2. Linda, your backyard looks beautiful, flood or no flood. You always come up with such creative posts. 🙂

    • Tracy,
      Thanks for the comments and especially for the compliments. I do love living in such a special place , although it can be hard to see the beauty if you’re upset by the conditions. World Wetlands Day was a good way to focus on the positive.

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