Leaving the Lily Pad

It takes a lot of effort to land on a lily pad.

Careful planning, a big leap (look out for the snapping turtle), and a skillful landing.

And then it’s comfortable: a rest, a snack, a chance to recoup between leaps.

But then it’s time to leap again. That’s no insult to this lily pad, or that corner of the pond, and each leap brings its own challenges and joys.

You can’t live on any pad forever. But you can thank this one for its service, plan a little, scan the scene for turtles … and then leap onward.