Sunday, February 27, 2011

Love Letters


This little guy hangs out by this log pile all day by the litter he leaves behind. I didn't get his name, so I will call him Road Apple. He kind of reminded me of a little shaggy dog I know. It's owner leaves the radio going for the horses through the day.









Is this faded happiness?


He asked around town if anyone remembered the couple who owned his land. Many remembered them from church or coming to town, but few could tell where they were even from. There were so many stories on this prairie, many came and went to new destinations. One person he thought might know was the preacher’s wife. She had a knack of remembering all that came around this tiny town. He went past the church and over to the parsonage, finding nobody. He scribbled a note and went back to get his shave.

Looking into the mirror he was amazed how much younger he felt without the wintry growth. He laughed thinking maybe someone might notice as he walked down the street, but nobody said a word. Finally he walked back to the parsonage and saw his note flapping on the door. He had an idea to check with another family and got on his horse to ride out to their home. His horse trudged down their muddy lane and he was met with a wave from the wife shaking off some rugs on the porch. She said she was spring cleaning early, he hoped she wasn’t hinting he needed to give it a try.

He told her of the letters he found and she listened with an eager ear. She hadn’t seen the husband as much of a romantic, and thought they were from not far away. She wanted to know every detail, but he told her he felt awkward reading over someone’s thoughts and shared what he could. She wanted to look them over herself, and offered to stop over and offer some cleaning advice if he wanted. He laughed looking at a sketch he had shared the last year in a homemade frame over their fireplace. Her husband was his authority of fixing things and had helped with a number of projects already. She told him she would ask around and let him know if she found anything.

Riding back through town he looked to see if his note was still up and saw it fluttering. He rode out past the river looking at the ice flows floating on the swollen river. A stack was up on the bank and had pushed up a lot of debris and logs with it. He saw a fun shape in this and found a dry log to work from with his easel. As he was listening to the roar and crunches he saw a tiny bird flitting close by. He laughed at the quickness it moved and walked down a tree upside down and recognized it as a nuthatch. The lines in its feathers were like someone had drawn everything on and he wished it would hold still long enough to catch all the shapes right. He added it to the corner of his other sketch as fast as he could, and off it flew. He thanked it for the moment it shared and his smile followed the little bird on a gentle prairie breeze.
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Working at finding happiness
Doesn’t take much effort
Other than wanting to be
And understanding how simple it is.











28 comments:

  1. Fabulous photos!! Such a treat! And that pony... what a sweet little guy!
    Thanks!
    Ann

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  2. What a lovely final thought. Happiness really is so easy. You're right. We just have to want it. Again, ask and ye shall receive. It seems to be my motto lately.

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  3. Ah, but what happened? Did he manage to pass the letters along to the rightful owner? What a sweet tale, and yes, happiness can be found in the simplest of things, it's all just a frame of mind, isn't it?

    Such lovely photographs, and so endearing the owner leaves a radio on to keep them company (smile).

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  4. I love how the bird in the first photo seems to just blend in with the scenery! Cool shot!
    And the pony! I wonder why he just seems to hang out in that one spot?!!
    Happy Sunday to you!
    hughugs

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  5. Loved this post!.....Very calming.

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  6. I do like the horses and barns. If you liked the first movie I made you might also like the second.

    Here is a link to my 2nd movie. I am learning. I want to add sound but don't yet know how to do that.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeyWtY4pqdQ

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  7. What a cutie that Road Apple is. And the weathered barns are wonderful.

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  8. Oooh did he find out where they were from? I love the pics today, especially Road Apple!

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  9. Hi Steve, YES--IF we are happy with ourselves, we can and will be happy with others...

    Love your little Road Apple. He is right in style with today's haircuts... Aren't 'bangs' the in-thing now?????? ha ha

    Have a great day.
    Betsy

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  10. Love your post and the photos. I'm taking a road trip in early May to Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. I've never been to any of these states. My great grandparents met and married in Iowa in 1867 and then moved to Gordon, Nebraska in 1880. I'll be looking around in the towns and the historical museums to see if I can find out more about them. It will be a fun trip to new country!

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  11. ohhh i love barns too :D Oregon has many beautifully weathered ones... :D

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  12. It's a treat to come on these journeys with you Steve - such wonderful attention to detail. . .

    I love that Road Apple's owners play the radio for the horses!

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  13. A nice variety of images, Steve. I almost missed the bird in the first photo. Caught it on the second time around. It looks as if Road Apple has a nice warm coat to see him through the winter. You'll have to repost this picture during the summer, along with another one showing his summer "do."

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  14. Another cliff hanger with this tale. I didn't mean it that way ,but there is a final solution, it just wasn't a quick one.Everyone likes that little pony and I know I will be talking to the owner again, it is a hard drive to get there in a remote section. Its name is slang for the parts left behind.

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  15. Can't find your email address, Steve. My email is budsmom1 at comcast dot net.

    Linda
    Bag Lady in Waiting

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  16. You can reach me at budsmom1 at comcast dot net.

    Linda
    Bag Lady in Waiting

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  17. Will he ever have answers about the letters owner. A mystery to us all...lol
    Love that little horse, just too darn cute.

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  18. Road Apple, and the name you gave him, is very cute! Loved the story & pictures too! That 'wife' sounded noisy just like most rural or small town older woman. Or am I just a little bitter living in someone else's small town? Ha.. possibly! :-)

    Have a Great week, Steve!! ~ Coreen

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  19. Awww, that little horse is precious! great photos! Growing up in and near farmland in Ohio I grew to love the barns and all the signify; hard work and simplicity...
    so are you going to write an ending to the story?

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  20. A chilly landscape warmed by a nice story. Thanks! I needed that.

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  21. Though faded...faded happiness still makes me smile :)

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  22. Well, I might be in love with the horse, Road Apple. That's some shaggy cuteness! Snow junco is pretty cute too.

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  23. Great post! I sometimes find it difficult to take attractive nature photos in the winter. It just doesn't look as happy as I want it to, but you've managed to find plenty of beauty in these photos.

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  24. Oh I love coming over here...it's like an escape!
    That Road Apple is a pretty sweet capture...and that faded Happiness....hmmmm. Not sure if it's faded or just constant happy.
    Great post and writing yet again!!!

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  25. Love the shaggy dog pony.

    Sweet story.

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  26. Wow, that was a very cool post. Really enjoyed it.

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  27. I love Faded Happiness. That happens all too easily, doesn't it? Sometimes, you just have to add a bit of fresh paint! (that's why I come to your blog everyday, by the way. Gives me just the lift I need!) :)

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  28. How did I miss this? Glad I came back to see all this beauty.

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