I saw the most amazing sight today!
I was on the way to town for some last-minute Christmas shopping. There's a connecting road that cuts by an elementary school. The school is set off that thoroughfare about a quarter of a mile, and has its own access road. Every morning, I fear that one of their speeding school buses will dart out in front of me.
Today I noticed that someone had put a marker by the access road. You know how people sometimes pound a stake into the ground with a reflector, or stack up some white concrete blocks, or plant an old tractor tire full of pansies right beside their driveway entrance? Or maybe you don't, not being from Backroads. But play along with me. It makes the edge of the driveway easier to spot, so folks don't run off in a ditch. I assumed that was the purpose of this school road marker.
It was a beauty, too. Bright white, with a red-clay-colored pattern. I'll be darned, if it didn't remind me of a Grecian urn, or a Ming vase. "People in this district go all-out on their road markers! That's pretty fancy stuff for these parts." This flitted through my tiny mind in a matter of seconds. Then I was upon it.
It was a PVC pipe sewer vent, splattered with dried, red-clay mud.
In my mind, the world is a much more beautiful place.