On a recent spring afternoon, I took a stroll around the Cortland Waterworks. The Waterworks is a refuge of sorts - fenced in acres within the city limits. It is home to dozens of deer and other wildlife. I have been going to the Waterworks for as long as I can remember. As a child, we would bring crusts of bread to feed the ducks, geese and fish - and the official start of the Christmas season was always when the lights went up at the main building and trees in front. I shared the same childhood memories with my own child and now, as a long grown adult, I still eagerly await those Christmas lights just after Thanksgiving.
I don't actually walk around the Waterworks anymore the way that I did as a child or with a child of my own - though I drive past them several times a week - so it was especially nice to revisit them on this beautiful day and take a peek at what is right in our backyard.