Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Daisy Was Really on the Ball

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Daisy Was Really on the Ball

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It isn't that I like to walk the course, really - it's more the scenery, birds, local color, or companionship that spurs me on. And I need spurring.

I have been liv7ing adjacent to the fourth hole of a tropical golf course in Panama for eight years and usually walk for half an hour every morning with a friend or my husband. Proudly I tell friends, "I have a personal trainer!" And I do know how wonderful it is to have someone prod me into getting off the couch.

When husband-P.T. is not prodding, my Panamanian friend drops by at 7 a.m. sharp. She displays remarkable patience, waiting for me to put on my sneakers. Unlike P.T., who often walks in silence, we talk nonstop. In half an hour we have covered Panamanian politics, her family, my family, local golfers, bees, trees, birds, and travel. Occasionally we run into a lady golfer who likes to chat a while if no one is behind her. Our golf course attracts a wide variety of birds, many of them water birds, as we are just minutes from the ocean. In spring, the pond is a nesting place for small flocks of white herons. Cormorants perch on old stumps and spread their wings to dry. A workman told us a 10-foot cayman lives in the 16th-hole pond. We couldn't confirm that, but we have seen a five-foot one sunning itself and swimming, its two round eyes showing just above the surface of the water. Flocks of small, chattering parakeets, swallows, and a wide variety of yellow-breasted birds appear in succession, but most intriguing to me was the flock of domestic guinea hens from the farm by the 13th hole. They moved along primly in short, rapid little steps like a polka-dotted gray-and-white ocean wave, protesting our approach. Their owner no longer keeps them, and I miss seeing them. They had the good sense to rush off the green as golf balls plopped down. …

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