It was, as I have said, a fine autumnal day; the sky was clear and serene, and nature wore that rich and golden livery which we always associate with the idea of abundance. The forests had put on their sober brown and yellow, while some trees of the tenderer kind had been nipped by the frosts into brilliant dyes of orange, purple, and scarlet.... As Ichabod jogged slowly on his way, his eye... ranged with delight over the treasures of jolly autumn. ~Washington Irving, "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Ending

I came home yesterday afternoon. This morning I take an early walk, before the heavy heat of the day sets in, and I stand for a while near my favorite tree, the Old Druid. I'm not sure why this tree has such significance for me but it seems to talk to me. It's not a big Oak tree and it's leaning toward the west, over the road. It was damaged at some time in it's life; maybe by a lightening strike or fire. The lower part of the trunk is split and the inside is exposed. I understand how this tree feels. It must stay strong if it is to survive and others rely on it for protection and food. The squirrels always run to another tree when I come down the road but return as soon as I leave. Maybe it's the cat they run from. She is with me, prancing along, sniffing the place where we saw the foxes cross the road earlier this morning.
As I unpack from a week away, the phone rings. It's my brother-in-law. He tells me that Mom is not doing well and seems to be losing her hold on life faster than we expected. I will wait to hear from my sister this afternoon and I will go back down tomorrow.

Old Oak Tree. I heard what you said this morning...., your quiet whisper, a voice that reached inside of me,..., it will be what it will be. I heard you. I was listening.

My sister called...,
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15 comments:

ClassyChassy said...

Sorry about your mom - we lost my dad a few years back to cancer, and Hospice helped us take care of him at home until his final day. I am thankful for that small comfort we could offer him. Take care.

susanc said...

Oh Connie, I'm so sorry. You and your family are in my thoughts today. Take care.

Madeline's Album said...

Connie, my prayer are with you at this time. God will give you strength. Madeline

Mike Golch said...

Soorry for your loss,you and your family are in my prayers.

Becky said...

Hugs and prayers for peace and comfort. I am so sorry.

Karen Deborah said...

prayers going up.

Anonymous said...

Connie I wish peace for you and Lisa and all the rest of your families
((((Connie and Lisa))))

Denise S.

Sandee said...

Mike Golch sent me over. I'm so very sorry honey. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. :)

castlewon said...

My thoughts are with you...

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Its wonderful that your mother has you by her now. Take good care.
xx
julie

Barbie said...

I,m sorry for your loss...My Mother passed June 19th, so I know how heavy you heart feels...But the rose still grow behind the wall...

Laura ~Peach~ said...

hugs and prayers... love and more hugs and grits too :)

jojo said...

sending you my thoughts and prayers...

Mike Golch said...

Connie,my God hold you in his hands during your grief.

Reddirt Woman said...

Connie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I can only send virtual hugs and prayers for comfort for you and your family.

Helen