Queen Anne's Lace
This still was a rugged land, and look how fragile our lives can be in such a severe yet beautiful world. Their family had started with eleven children, now there was nine. His sister lived with he, his wife and five children, in a home their parents had built. Most of the family had moved to follow jobs with the railroad and were scattered all over the prairie. He farmed a small plot and fixed harnesses, saddles and other rigging. Many of his relatives had crossed the southern border to come to this land of plenty, living at their group of homes. A coyote wailed in the distance, birds chirped out a song, harmonizing with a chant carried across this land, a song of life.
Only a few stayed with the farming jobs they first acquired, the hustle of the larger cities tempted them with new jobs. The packinghouses became affluent with an array of different languages and cultures. It was a rugged lifestyle, hard work that took its toll on their bodies and souls. The new cultures combined, emerging families moved onward toward building our great nation, but still retaining pride in their heritage.
Coming in from the fields one day, a wagon loaded with furniture and a family approached him on the road. Buenos dios shouted the husband. He blushed and responded rather slowly, for he had lost a lot of his Spanish his Mother had spoken to him as a child. They had been told he had a home to rent from the priest in town. He took them to the small home his parents had settled in and they marveled at the wonderful home. He felt warmth spread over his body when he realized this spirit was just as when his parents arrived in this land. These people had revived the prairie spirit, and were ready to become part of this great land. That night they shared stories on his veranda, talking about a land his parents came from he knew so little about. In exchange they found out about a land they knew so little about, and this old land became renewed. A flowery breeze carried away their laughter, across this beautiful prairie night, sharing it with all that would listen.
It was a new way
On a new day
That I felt your presence
Even though you are so far away
Yet so close to my heart.