Sunday, March 13, 2011

Peaceful Ending


Traveling yesterday I came across remnants of a giant ice jam, when little is left of snow or ice anywhere else. This must have been a major dam and flooded a large area of bottom land nearby, sometimes leaving behind a piece of it's fury. This is called Ford's Crossing along the Mormon Trail, a favorite area to explore with a little dog.




A tiny feather stuck to a stem of prairie grass.

I kept waiting for a white rabbit carrying a watch to hop out here.












Her housekeeper came running into the garden hysterical. She was sweeping and could not get the dog to budge. When she pet the dog it was cold and hard. After ten faithful years its heart gave way and it passed peaceably in its sleep. Both wept together for she had lost her little girl, a good friend, and a trusty watchdog. She sent the housekeeper home and fled to her friend’s home.

On the way over, she thought of dozens of good times with the pet and wept all the way over. A lady on the trolley asked if she could help and the words were hard to say explaining her lose. Both compared stories and shared emotions for the last few blocks. When she got of they both waved, foolishly since neither knew the others name, only that of their respective pets.

He did not answer the door so she walked around the side of his house into the main garden area. He was ferociously hoeing weeds, keeping everything pristine. He looked up and seeing her tears ran to her and listened to what had happened. They went inside and talked about what to do. He told her he would take care of things and went over, finding the dog in the kitchen. He sized up the hole he would need and started a hole at the base of a large vine on a trellis. The dog would remain in the area she so much enjoyed.

Returning home he found her asleep in his hammock so he went to clean up and let her rest. He cut some tall flowers and put them into a vase to humor her and fixed a wonderful meal. She awoke to the smell of biscuits and gathered herself and went inside. He hugged her and she wept a bit more. They sat down to dinner and she ate meekly, taking a short pause half way through to cry yet again. Sitting on the porch afterward he told her what he had done and she cleansed her soul with another cry. Their souls stretched and intertwined with the stars. Feelings of love and happiness were carried away on a gentle prairie breeze, wistfully visiting this new city.
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It is the good living we always want
But have to put up with some poor
If we didn’t have these changes
It would be hard to understand
Our purpose we are on this earth for.


















25 comments:

  1. I so enjoy your pictures, thank you so much for sharing them.

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  2. HI Steve, That does look 'peaceful'.. Looks like you and your pup had a nice walk... AND--it does look like Winter is ending and Spring is coming. Hallelujah..
    Betsy

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  3. Looking like spring out your way, Steve :)

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  4. I LOVE the sunshine over the prairie grasses... makes me think of summer. :) (Glad to know you've been to Catalina Island, Steve... it's a small world!)

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  5. Loved todays story....it was truly a peaceful ending. So beautiful.

    Love it when the ice breaks up and changes shape...until there (FINALLY!) is nothing left!
    Have a wonderful and peaceful day.

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  6. I love the pictures! It looks so peaceful, and like spring is on the way. :)

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  7. Looks like a beautiful day there. We still have that darn white stuff on the ground but we're expecting a slight warm up for the next couple of days. I suppose that will mean more flooding in the back yard :)

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  8. Lets hope the warmth over the week finally melts off the last of winter! Can't wait to see photos of spring on the prairie :)

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  9. Your 1st two shots look like a toadstool & an anvil. Luv the nest. I've been wanting to do a nest painting so I need to go find some more to photograph. Dori

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  10. I am so ready to see some green! Nothing like the green of an Iowa spring. Your photos are beautiful in their starkness. My name on B & B is JessiBelle.

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  11. Nice photos, yeah you can really find a lot of things which could be a very interesting subject. Sometimes I look for old fallen mossed logs and it's simplicity makes a good photo.

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  12. Beautiful but sad story. Great shots, I love the little finches, too. I saw a few of them today but couldn't grab any pictures of them.

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  13. Beautiful pictures, Steve. I especially love the "critter pics" of the birds and the cat. The tale of the comfort of a friend in the lost of a beloved pet was something I could relate to as well. When I had to have my dear old mare put down, one friend came to assist the vet; and another friend came to take me away for the day. They couldn't shield me from ALL the pain, but their presence and friendship helped considerably.

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  14. I'm not familiar with the "Mormon Trail" in Iowa. It must be connected to leaving Illinois (can't remember the name of the town) and crossing the Big River?

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  15. That first ice image looks like a whale presenting its tail. All photos are wonderful as always.. love the cat on the fence.

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  16. Very nice series of images and a heartfelt tale of the loss of a furry friend.

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  17. Love the rabbit hole but I couldn't find Alice!!!Hahaaa....Great shots!
    hughugs

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  18. I'm going to be living that story sooner rather than later, I'm afraid - thank you for telling it so beautifully.

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  19. Beautidul photos.
    Last week I found some bird feathers under the porch. I think he as been eaten by a cat.

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  20. Great photo treasures of your walk-about....
    Losing a treasured pet leaves a huge hole in the lives of those touched by them.

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  21. Spring is in the air!
    Looks like you had a nice walk.
    I really enjoyed your photos.

    Have a great Tuesday!

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  22. you are much further into spring than we are! lovely to see into your world.

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  23. What wonderful shots... the end of winter is so lovely!

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