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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
© ruth follmann

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behind the wheel

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Days become U Turns and bend into night. Then they accelerate to become years. Decades spin by as we peer out from behind the wheel. We're fed, but our hearts are hungry. Some of us have craving minds. Nature fills its stomach while following the 'rules of the road'. But as it picks at garbage, from our fast paced resource consuming lives; do we conversely survive on nature's scraps?

Stolen moments of fresh air and non florescent lighting are sought to offset our vitamin D deficiencies. We recreate bird song sounds to signal time changes on our office wall clocks. We spend years indoors watching nature on TV instead of enjoying our national treasures.

When we are free, on a weekend or during vacation days, we roll in nature like a dog in the grass. What a better world it would be if we could share the earth's riches every day. Why not a gardening math class for our grade schools? How about an outdoor staff meeting at work? The possibilities are endless. Go outside and recreate your space. It can save some of our closely metered energy resources. We need to reconnect with our planet.

I think it is just as important for a child to tell the difference between a carrot and a zucchini seed, as it is to know their order of operation mathematical rules. Otherwise the real life value of what we are putting in our children's heads may be as dry and useless to our earth; as a paper bag we discard for a bird to eat. Let them get their hands dirty! Remember your little sunflower seed in a cup? Let's put aside the anti-bacterial soaps. Research shows allergies and even Crohn's disease is caused by our offsetting the microbes in our flora. (thanx NPR! Shots: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2013/09/09/219381741/from-birth-our-microbes-become-as-personal-as-a-fingerprint)

It may take a little to break us in. It will certainly stress our antiperspirant and deodorants! But, the rewards will be worth it. How delightfully more flavorful will a meal taste when we can season it with herbs from a kitchen window sill garden? A walk after dinner with the family can replace a TV show. What a great time to share stories of one's day or perhaps past childhood adventures with your kids.

My dearest friend is sending me the seasons. I miss them here in Florida. It is easy for me to send her the beach. She has a paper weight made from Venice Beach finds including shells, rock and shark teeth. I am craving fall. I miss the smells of the leaves, the crunch of the trees' discard underfoot as one walks. She is mailing me some of nature's garbage. It will be my treasure. I hope you and your family venture out into our beautiful planet, in your neighborhood, and pirate some of the same bounty.

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