I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
Henry David Thoreau
You have not seen me……. get it?
I knew it as soon as I left the house and practically tripped over a most gorgeous turkey feather lying on the ground that it was going to be the perfect start to my day. Off in the distance across the baled hay field where those hay bales sat taunting me and reminding me I was not finished haying; there they were, standing tall. My Taunting Turkeys, oh yes this was going to be a great day indeed. I crept slowly down the lane hiding behind those cedar trees that line its path. My bear bell now clutched in my left hand and my point and shoot in my right trying to silence that darn bell so that annoying ring would not frighten those Taunting Turkeys and have them flee, I was ready. This was going to be the day that I would catch them unawares. Gotcha!!!!
Life has been a bit crazy around here; most days I don’t know if I am up or down and which direction I should be heading, I needed to change that today. Rather than do what I had planned which would involve decluttering my bedroom closets and dresser drawers I grabbed those Pink Cadillac’s’ and bug hat and headed to the place that has always comforted me and made anything I need to get done to seem possible and I mean everything, that is where my strength lies, waiting for me to return and gather it up.
Halfway to the bush and my waiting fallen tree branch that still rests on my rock and no doubt wondering where I have been I came across Bossy2. She and the girls were enjoying the breeze that blew while they stood beside the pine bush. The flies have been terrible this year and on seeing my bug hat Bossy2 asked if she could try it on. Well, I have never been able to say no to her so she did try it on but of course, it did not fit. I certainly knew that would happen and she was disappointed and threw it on the ground. I was not amused; she said she was sorry and that those flies were driving her crazy. I told her that I understood and told her about the new purple and blue hat I had finished last night and assured her I would bring it back sometime soon for her to try on, she liked that idea
After saying goodbye to the girls I hiked down the hill and into the trees, instantly I felt the peacefulness and calmness that had been missing these past few weeks, this was a trip long overdue and I could feel my strength returning. A rustling above my head had my heart pounding and my looking up quickly and for one second wondering if it was the bear that had been caught on bush-cam by a neighbour and thought about the bear bell deep in my “be quiet” pocket.
A beautiful red-tailed hawk swooped down and flew between the century old maple trees that line the ridge, I thought of my brother T and smiled thinking how much he would have enjoyed that sight. I still think of T now and then and I guess moments like this remind me he is in a better place. I walk over to my century old maple branch still lying on my rock high on the ridge with that incredible valley below; I climb up and pull out my pen and paper, and get comfortable knowing this is exactly where I need to be.
So if anyone asks... remember …. You have not seen me……. get it?
I will be returning on Wednesday, August 6. Have a nice Civic Holiday long weekend my Canadian friends.
If anyone is looking for me I will be with my girls, planning that wedding, I think I will take them to the woods to gather their strength we are all going to need that.