Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Friends



 Lily and I went fishing, but her sea legs weren't ready for a rocking dock. I hear a plunk sound and her nose got a little close to the water and in she went.



 A rather large catfish

 Around the house




 Geranium




 Columbine and spiderwort out on the prairie



It was funny how they found similarity within their lives. She worked volunteer at a hospital and saw a man each time when he came for cancer treatment. He always was happy and had something nice to share with all that were there. He drank coffee at a local coffee shop she enjoyed, but they never sat with the same crowd. She liked her time alone and often sat by herself, until one day when he invited her to sit at his table. What a group she thought, they all had lived rather full lives and had so much to share. Soon she was asked if anything permanent was going on between the two of them, and she always smiled and said she would never tell what was going on. They went out for a few short walks and recently enjoyed a few days fishing. His disease sometimes took away his energy, but she acted like it was she who was tired. He showed her a side of life she had watched a bit, but never really looked deep into. Now she had cattle ranching down to an art, and watching them was a fun end of a day for both when together. When he wasn’t up to it, she rode out and looked over his herd and came back to tell him what she saw. Some days she would wait, he had fallen asleep or was napping when she came up to the house. He had told her to wake him, but she knew he was going through a lot of changes.




It was fun to get him going about any topic he was particularly interested in, as a new story always came up to go along with his information. Sometimes she heard it before, but it was always refreshing to hear more about his life. This was someone who never seemed to let much pull him down, and he rarely whimpered about the terrible treatments he was having. He always wanted to be his best around all he held dear to him. Not having much family had made a network of friends who covered all the holidays and celebrations with him. He was an extended relative to many, and always there when help was needed. She asked one day at the table if anyone knew his family at all. Many had heard the stories, but only one daughter had ever came to coffee with him. He lived a rather private life after he had lost his wife and shared little bits and pieces with everyone when he visited over a cup of coffee.



Talking one day he mentioned liking to eat biscuits and gravy. It was hard to get to the hotel he ate at with all his appointments and he had missed eating for quite sometime. They only served them until they ran out, making a fresh batch each day. Checking with a friend who had cooked there, she found out it was biscuits from a local bakery and a mix to make the gravy. She found a close copy and asked him to join her for dinner. Picking him up he was excited to see what she was going to fix. She never had shared that she liked to cook much and he wondered how well it would sit with his tender stomach. His eyes became as big as the plate she brought to him when she served his meal. He stammered and tried to hold back the emotions, but was overpowered with joy seeing what she had fixed. He apologized and tried to keep his voice steady to thank her. The meal went good, except he was unable to finish. He asked for a people bag and she gave him a plate to take home. The talk all the way home was about how nice she had made his favorite meal, just like his wife had fixed, or even better. The next day a vase of flowers sat at work for her from a good friend. She knew just who that good friend was.

17 comments:

  1. awww, so is there more? I want to know how it ends...very sweet!
    I love the photos; the veins in the geraniums, and your little one falling in? that was precious..the catfish is huge; did you clean it and eat it? YUM!
    Have an awesome day Steve!

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  2. I love the squirrel photo, great!

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  3. WoW! Love these pictures of all the life out there on the prairie!

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  4. Another series of beautiful and interesting images, to go along with a touching story. Good post.

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  5. ...did she like her little unplanned swim? She's so cute...

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  6. Acts of kindness do as much for the giver as the receiver. The forming of a friendship is beautiful to watch.

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  7. It is starting to look really good in your neck of the woods. Your pics are gorgeous. Poor Lily, I hope she is alright...Nice catfish, I bet it'll be delicous.
    We have lots of rain here and if it does not quit soon, we will be floating away.
    Have a good weekend!

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  8. Oh I love3 coming over here.....you always take us on an adventure. Poor wet doggy....hope the snake never got close! Cut squirrel...and love the frogs.

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  9. great narrative words and images!



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  10. Poor Lily! & that squirrel pic is pretty funny :) Looks like you had a nice relaxing day!

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  11. I like the frog pictures. I've been trying to get pictures of frogs for awhile now, but they disappear before I ever get a chance.

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  12. Claude said ...

    Wonderful, Steve !
    You have more succes than me to shot a squirrel !My husband saw some frogs in the pond.

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  13. A very beautiful and touching story. Lily looked so cute after her unexpected swim, the fish looked like a whopping size, cute ones of the squirrel, Blue Jay and frogs and all those flowers were gorgeous.

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  14. WOW! Lily is brave and wonderful, as always. Love the squirrel picture and you have great flowers growing in your house, Steve!

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  15. Lovely photos - the catfish looks like a whopper!
    Have a great weekend.
    Andrea

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  16. Wow, beautiful pictures! And that catfish looks like it would make some fine eating!

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