It's Blog Action Day. The topic this year is water. When I think about water, I think about friendship and laughter. I think about being soothed, refreshed and inspired. I see my friends, across the years, splashing, grinning, jumping the waves. I remember a time we were little, swimming in the Twin City lakes nearly every day all summer. One morning, we were convinced snapping turtles were after us, they might take off our toes! Filled with fear and dread, we made for the shore like madmen, the ferocious turtles nibbling. Now, I realize, they were minnows, most likely. You can sometimes dip a foot in a clear stream and watch the minnows taste your toes. Perhaps to the minnows, toes look like worms?! When I think of water, I think of a year I took a daily step outside my apartment right into the pool, a small circle of aqua, under a tree, and I floated, and looked at the sky. I think of the water cups a crowd passes to runners and bikers. I think of great storms, and mist, and dew. I think of walking into a magic cavern, behind a waterfall. And a day a mean boy was tossing little girls into the lake, off the dock, so I ran at him with all my 16-year old might, and pushed him off. And I think about my favorite bird, the Great Blue Heron, adaptable, filled with strength and grace. I saw one in a filthy ditch, one day, striding with poised legs, proud, looking for its filthy lunch. As always, the Great Blue, like people, must be nourished by water, however polluted. To water, whatever its shape, form or condition, we cannot say no. But we can say YES! Water is joy.