Thursday, June 10, 2010

Prairie Story 19- To The Ends of the Earth

A new day begins in our lives, spreading happiness all around the prairie.

Compass Plants smile toward the sun all day long.

A first bloom on a Calla Lily offers a unique shape to enjoy scooping up their smiles.

Harmony in our lives surrounds a true blue Clematis, blending with the beauty found on this sunny morning.

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The new house was getting smaller, with more children and family members coming into their lives. His railroad job kept him away sometimes, and he always looked forward to returning to his beautiful farm. Coming into sight his children ran to the father, excited to see what form of sweets he had in his pockets for them. It was always a guessing game they played, and really rewarding for him. He had his new neighbor working a variety of jobs for him, similar to what he had first done when he came to this prairie.

His wife had fixed his favorite tamales, and met him jubilantly at the door. Their love had never faded, only growing more and more. She had a good idea he would be hungry for some real food, after eating in restaurants and sandwiches he took along. She was tired today, having delivered two milk cows the previous evening. These would be good barter for other things they needed in their lives. Her new neighbor had become a good friend and confidant. She spent many afternoons with her talking about similarities they had in each other’s lives, coming from other lands to this land of plenty. They all sat at the table that evening listening to Father's tales. He had been offered a supervisory position, but wanted to discuss it with his family and friends. One of the problems would be he needed to relocate. When he said this she looked at him with mournful eyes, but said nothing. They would discuss it over in the next few days, he assured her.

After breakfast they walked down the road holding hands to their neighbors home. He told of his new job offer and asked them what they thought about it. Please stay came from their heart, but they told him to go for the money and better job. They walked home and he asked his wife what she wanted to do. She looked at him and told him she would follow him to the ends of Earth, and felt it was a better life for this hard working father. The children had picked their mother a bouquet and gave them to their father. He presented them to her with a bow, as a sign of his love and respect for her supporting him with the decision. They would talk more with family that night she said. Holding him tight, she wondered if she really wanted to leave this wonderful land. Taking the family for a walk she realized what this land really had meant to her. A cool breeze stirred the dust on the road ahead of them, blanketing the prairie with a new part of the story it so valiantly carried, the story of life.
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Every bit of love you give, comes back to you on
the winds of time.
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Cada pedacito de amor que dar, se vuelve a usted ellos vientos del tiempo.

9 comments:

  1. I am fond of your story of a wife and her husband.

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  2. Lovely story. I like the strong family bonds that show in your stories. Something that seems to be getting very rare these days.

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  3. Steve, This story about yet another prairie family is very touching. You are a great writer and your pictures aren't shabby either.

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  4. As you see there was a tremendous strenghth in families, something we need to repair as well as our lands we lost to the added population.

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  5. The sense of family in your words are always so heartwarming and meaningful. The photos beautiful with that Cala Lily just gorgeous coloring, I've not seen that color before. Lovely.

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  6. nice images...first one is my favourite

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  7. The story is a very good one. I can feel the conflict they have. I've had the same on a few occasions.

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  8. Yes - strong families - throw out the TV and they will be back ;-) It really wrecks family life and even if your family is reduced and you are now alone - the TV keeps you looking out the wrong window and focusing on nothing but trouble!
    Your stories are wonderful and your pictures beautiful!

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Keep it positive and informative,I enjoy hearing from you!