Yesterday I was in those woods. I took the following pictures of fading wild flowers, seed heads, and bits of Nature that I cannot even give a name to.
I know the fading lovely Bleeding Heart. I know the Morning Glory bud. I well know the Spittle Bug's Spit. I know the Maple's wings.
Now, I know the Sound of One Hand Clapping. I have always known the sound of two. I could very well have been under that tree. She was old, as I am. She was ready to go and went back to Mother Earth who gave her life. I am definitely not ready, but it comes to all. Oh, this sounds depressing. I do not mean it to be. As far as I know, I am just fine and fit as a (Hush, Shssshsss) Seventy Year Old. (damn, there I said it!)
p.s this bit of disclosure about my age has been difficult. I don't know why, because why should I be ashamed to be this age? I am not ashamed. I am amazed and very grateful. I have had a longer life than my parents did, and for that I have been very sad. I lost them in my mid thirties. I do, still feel as if I am twentish, or on some days six or fifteen, twenty one, or thirty. It is only when I pass the mirror. I wonder who that person is? I cannot possibly be that woman. I am still climbing trees and beating the boys by running faster. I can still climb the guava tree at home and get up on the tall roof. I can still break my older brother's finger playing football with him. I can still hop the rocks and dash amongst the bamboo forest of our Manoa house in Hawaii. Not really, as you know. Some days, I think the Blogville belongs to the young. But then, I hear from you, my dearest readers, and know that I am so blessed to have met such beautiful and loving women that you all are. Some days, I have such problems with computers and this space. But, I love it and feel proud that although I am such a rotary dial girl, never had a lesson on a computer, I am doing o.k. There are so many things I don't know how to do, but this space and your goodness has been so wonderful. And all of you who come here are so very important to me. With love, e.
I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am a wife, mother of two, grandmother to three, and companion to two Newfoundland dogs, one feral cat and ten chickens. We have a wholesale nursery and grow many Japanese Maples.
It's a good life!