It's wonderful how you see the mythic in the mundane!
On the subject of watery places and place names, I recently moved to Greenford in NW London. It's actually pretty green, and although there's no ford, there is plenty of wetland, which is the reason at least some of its green spaces have survived this long - too muddy to build on!
Got a lump in my throat when you described the young girl asking to be the next keeper of the spring. Thank you for passing the miraculous along.
As a member of the laptop class, I don’t get my hands into earth or water nearly as much as I want to. Yet earth and water are part of our identity, not in a political or rights sense, but more intrinsically. We often think that when we develop land with mass-scale brutish efficiency, we are doing something terrible to it, and of course we are, but we forget we are violating something in ourselves.
Thanks for such wonderful storytelling