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"I tried once to open too many doors at a time, it was unproductive and confusing.
I just learned the last lesson, Dad. I'm supposed to open just one at a time, and only when I reach them along the path, this 'hike' we are taking. That's when the key fits, and opens the lock perfectly, every time. Thank you, Dad. I love you, and miss you. I am blessed with an amazing husband now, he holds my hand as we walk along paths too. We are climbing a little steeper now, with more effort, and thinner air. But I'm not worried. I am looking up. I am living in the moment, being now. Because when we get to the next door, along our path, I know, Dad, . . . that key is going to fit, perfectly!"

excerpt from Pony, 6/6/2013 post
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saying goodbye~

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i couldn't force myself to rise from the lanai, the morning rain washed sunrise had extra gravity. it held me close to the chair, with my coffee and the sounds of the pond. birds crackled and frogs whooped a sleepy Sunday, my last at the trailer. chiding chatter, i collected the camera to crunch sandy paths monster trucks made through the dunes. smoldering bonfire logs steamed with the recent rainfall to make a cologne only nature can wear. i searched in vain for the wood storks, but they have moved on. we must too. so i trotted the trails the boys ride over in the night. tiny treasures they miss at midnight i stole to this screen. wishing i could share the the calm, broken by calls of invasion to the tree lined sandy halls. jest knowing you are watched, but cannot see. too quick for the shutter flick, bulging eyes disappear beneath a small pond now smooth and only reflecting the blue sky day. i walk past evidence of the dune fighting back: a taken tire, buried rope from a past tow, broken pieces of transport, a beer can in a tree. none of this can remove the beauty of these dunes. not even an unearthed root-base can bend light or simplicity. the only constant is change. the entropy of a system from a measure of order to disorder, feeds a butterfly, or grows a tiny toadstool. my wonder at this panorama could have been boundless, save a prognostic blocking my path. a Florida marsh rabbit, (Sylvilagus palustris), stayed seriously center my stroll. i stopped, surmising suspicion scare him away. he stayed. i knew, my Chinese rabbit life sign was signaling me to turn around. there was another path to follow. it was no longer here. instead, one back through the tire tracks, to a hidden break in the tree line. sneaking up on a balmy pond, comforting a dock and it's only boat, i sighed lusty last looks at our home, and the way of life we have enjoyed. feelings pushed up like crowds in a station, rushed, full and then empty, alone. there was one path left, down the road past the front fence. our future together as husband and wife is our beautiful landscape, our dawn and setting sun. but we will never forget those shared to us in real time, at the Follmann Family Picnic.

saying goodbye~the photo journal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ2zv1N46Zo&feature;=youtu.be

soundtrack by
Krestovsky
"Took A Walk"

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Viv says:

with whatever sadness - I raise a glass to 'new beginnings'


30th Jun 2013, 21:05

Yes! Cheers! Thank you, Viv! We are excited like Newlyweds! This is the first time we will have our own place! We have helped adult children, and then moved down here with family. so, cheers to this 'new beginning'! Thank you!

1st Jul 2013, 05:30

Viv says:

that is really good

1st Jul 2013, 10:47

Yes! Thank you, Viv! Signing the lease now! Woo Hoo!

1st Jul 2013, 15:03

Jane Doe says:

Confused. Are you still going to live in FL?

30th Jul 2013, 19:38

Oh, Hey-lo, Jane Doe, Yes, we are still here, but we are Urban now, and not in Maurice Sendak's world: "Where The Wild Things Are" Somehow my carbon shell has decided to become allergic to nearly everything, (starting shots next week) and we are living without carpet, pollens and other periphery that the country life offers. The allergens were swelling my left ear, and causing stop in your tracks vertigo. Many medical tests later, $ - ouch, we discovered it is allergies, At least over time it will be controlled. But for now, drugs and an epi pen. So we are sadly missing the beautiful surroundings we had at my brother-in-law, Bob and Odette's property, and the simple life of the trailer.
We are trying to still enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Florida. I am looking forward to school soon, and Ken is diving as often as he can. I am feeling so much better every day, and hope to start snorkeling again soon. Thank you so much for your interest. We decided, The Picnic, must go on! Thank you for sharing our adventures! We enjoy what we do so much more when we find new creative ways to brighten yours, and everyone's day! peace and smiles sent your way~

4th Aug 2013, 02:04

Viv says:

Hope all will be settled soon

4th Aug 2013, 15:05

Thank you,Viv! If not, it's to the gerbil ball for me! (Throw in some Cherrios)

5th Aug 2013, 00:30

Jane Doe says:

So sorry to hear that, but relieved things are improving - and that you will be able to continue your studies

9th Aug 2013, 07:57

Thank you! Going to get my books Monday. Got my reading 'cheater' glasses today. No senior student lunch discount yet! :}

9th Aug 2013, 21:44

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