If we were having coffee, it would be served in china teacups. We may visit under the shade of an old oak in the back yard.
I would tell you that living on the remnants of a farm, in an old house is a beautiful way to live, some days- other days it can feel lonely especially, if you are the last one left there. Some times, I am inspired that I call the large yard with its’ blossoms and fruit trees my own-other times, I feel stranded in a place that out grew me.
You would hear of my gratitude for the soil that has fed me and those I love, in a most unselfish manner- and for a long while. It has become an old friend. The trees around us, were here before I was. It was “love at first sight” when I saw them, and my love for them remains steadfast. They have held swings and forts. Their shade has been a refuge from the wicked heat in the summer garden. We have celebrated a marriage beneath their canopies-and mourned the loss of loved ones there as well. Trees are never “fair-weather friends”.
I will tell you that just beyond the barn,there is a young patch of woods full of secrets about it’s community of rabbits and birds- and beyond that, there are fields. The view of a field has been highly under-rated and I would want you to know that. A field is proof of man’s courage and determination. When I need bravery, I go to a field.
Having coffee under an old tree is a fine way to celebrate the seasons that I called this place “home”. My sons are now men , and my only daughter is a mother herself- Change is as likely as rain, I tell you. It was change that brought me here and it is change that is leading me from it.
I may need to reassure you, that I will not leave with a heavy-heart,but rather a soul that is liberated and no longer needs to worry over loose tin on barns and mowing a five acre yard. I would rather be strolling with my first grandchild or standing on the beach with her uncles and hearing their dreams. Besides that,somewhere, there is a cello waiting for me to play it. There are pictures that I need to paint and words unfolding for me to write. I am older now, and these tasks not only suit me better, but beckon to me as well. I will tend a smaller garden and be glad about it, I tell you truthfully.
I hope you will leave our “coffee break”, with the notion that it was time well-spent. I want you to leave with enough inspiration to spend your life wisely-and it might take a bit of courage and a good deal of faith to do so. Thank goodness for fields! May I invite you for another cup of coffee and one last look at mine?
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Michele, I love every one of your writings so much. Just precious!
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Thank you so much-you have inspired me and encouraged me-you are one of the reasons the rabbit patch was born!