Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Solution For Winter















Series of flocks of geese and ducks were flying overhead, he knew that spring truly was near. It added to the charm that he was trying to achieve with his painting. A knock at his door startled him. He was lost working on a painting and hadn’t seen or talked to anyone for days. He hadn’t even heard the wagon pull up when his visitors arrived. He put on a shirt and called out he would be there. Opening up the door he was shocked to see his friend’s wife and the pastor’s wife standing outside looking around his yard. They greeted him and both started talking about why they came. Looking at each other, one told him they would like to see the letters he had found. He smiled knowing it had pestered them to come and find about his deep secret.

Inviting them in he laughed at the disarray they found in his home compared to their homes. Both went over and looked over his painting, amazed how well he created such beauty from their simple land. He reheated a pot of coffee and found some cups setting them down at his table. He told how he hadn’t looked at the letters since they had talked, he felt they were too personal. Both ladies nervously laughed, hoping this wouldn’t stop him from getting them out. The pastor’s wife told him the story, as she knew it about the couple.

They had moved to this area over ten years previous, coming from fairly well to do families that lived east of there. It was hard for anyone to get started, but they both worked hard trying to get the land into crops and making a nice home for themselves. Neither had ever tried any of this so both were awkward to the hard life given to them. They knew little about what was needed and started out with a nephew who had worked some for his father. After repeated failures and limited resources, they decided to pull up stakes and leave. It was a small rocky parcel and nobody around felt inclined to buy into it, so they waited until they couldn’t stand pressure from family anymore. He had caught them at the right time, but they may have just abandoned it, nobody was sure. The wife took ill when they returned and had passed away. Her husband went into business elsewhere and nobody had heard anything for a few years.

He reached up on his mantle and set the box down. He said he still felt like it was someone else’s treasure, but the ladies didn’t want to hear that at all. He showed them what he had read and explained what was in those letters. He then pulled out the bundle and it was snatched from his hand before he could say anything. They huddled over them and set to read every word. He went back to his painting and gazed at it looking for ideas where he would put the two lovers. The women read on and they offered little information to what they found. He went outside and split some wood bringing it into warm up the cabin. One of them sat with her eyes closed and her hand on her mouth while the other walked over to the painting again. He asked if they found anything good and his friend’s wife said true love. She asked what he was going to do with them, and he said he had hoped to return them. She said she would be happy to help with that, and folded them up putting them into the cigar box, after securing them with the ribbon. It was awkward for him to watch these two sitting so languid, and he offered to ride back to town with them. He saddled up his horse and listened to their stories all the way home of love and danger found on the wonderful prairie. Their laughter and warmed hearts were carried along on a prairie breeze.
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Thoughts of today
Were often thoughts
Carried over from
Days before and many tomorrows.














27 comments:

  1. Oh I like that old barn!
    And that mailbox? THAT is what mine looks like!!! I have only hit it twice but it's on its last leg:)

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  2. I'm fascinated by the snow geese images. There are so many of them. And the mailbox picture struck a chord with me, too, partly because of the icicles and partly because I've had mailboxes that looked like that.

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  3. Lovely series of shots. I've been keeping my antenna tuned for signs of spring too and renewed activity by cardinals is one. They seem much more visible these days, even though most have wintered over. And I've seen and heard a couple of males practicing their mating calls. Here in southern Ontario, it seems like winter's been going on for five months.

    Oh wait. It has....

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  4. Really beautiful images!
    Have a nice Sunday...there on the Prairie!
    Ann

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  5. I love that top photo, the line. Also, would you mind sending a couple of those cardinals my way? I haven't seen one yet. My, they are pretty.

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  6. When my cat sleeps on her back I want to sneak up to her and brush her tummy. She usually wakes up before I get to her.

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  7. Hi Steve, Looks like some signs of spring out there... The birds flying over are a sign. Right????? And that gorgeous BLUE sky is fabulous... Love the old barn and the broken mailbox....

    Just think.. When Spring gets here, you (and us) will all be outside more---dealing with the weeds, etc... BUT--I love it.

    Have a great evening.
    Betsy

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  8. Beautiful images...
    so the letters are back in the box...

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  9. Love the ice on the mailbox. The barn and birds are also very, very nice. Beautiful shots.

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  10. Did you ever think if one left their mailbox open less bills would come, and many would go away.I think that one had one too many snowplows.

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  11. I love the flocks of birds...truly staying together to benefit the group; yes?
    thanks for such beauty~

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  12. Great photos. I've been hearing more birds everyday! Thats a good sign that we're moving past winter :)

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  13. Amazing series of photographs.
    Have a great Sunday.
    Costas

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  14. The cat taking a nap looks like the perfect solution for winter...lol
    Enjoyed the story and the photos

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  15. I was having major computer issues yesterday and just couldn't get through all the blogs -- so sorry I missed this. The computer gods are smiling on me today, so here I am. Great shots -- are those snow geese? :)

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  16. Lots of snow geese. They came over in 3 different flights.I was going to try and get over to a marsh I know they like, but am at the other side of the state.

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my blogs. What a beautiful sequence of photos. In the fall we could hear a flock of snow geese in the air but they were too far up to be able to photograph them.

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  18. I love to watch the transition of any season into the next, but I will admit that spring is one of my favorites. I can't wait to see what kind of gorgeous photos you'll have to offer once everything starts growing and blooming!

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  19. Love the pattern of the birds in the sky Steve!!
    AND KITTY!!Hahaaaa
    Have a Wonderful Week!!
    hughugs

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  20. Love the shots of the moss, and lichens. Beautiful shots of the birds, and the cat just looks too comfy!

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  21. I've never seen any snow geese in my part of the world, just the Canada geese but I always get a kick out of seeing them fly over and hearing their honking. Another lovely post!

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  22. wow I love your series of photos especially the flocks of geese flying! I can't help but stare and smile!

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  23. Each of your pictures tell a story! I could stay here and look at these for a very long time!

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  24. Very awesome photos. I have painted some barns, windmills & mailboxes. They always fascinate me. Fatcat is great. I so want a camera like you have. The close ups of the birds are wonderful.

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