Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Petrichor ...

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.  The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.  This month the words have been supplied by River and can be found here.

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I've been parched.  Thirsty for water other than snow. 
Rain and petrichor, the promise of spring.
I long to squat in the dirt; hands and knees black with the earth. The promise of life. 
To turn my eyes, squinted against the sunlit trees, budding leaves, and robins building nests for future generations. 
To wander the beaches, listening to the waves wash granite to sand as if the bay were a quarry of God's making. 
To feel the copper-colored grains of sand between my bare toes, free of wool socks, long johns, and snow boots. 
I long to rest, comfortable in the shade of trees thick with green, my personal space disrupted only by wildflowers, butterflies, and honeybees buzzing like the vibration of silenced cell phones.

I long for Spring.

1. petrichor = Petrichor is the earthy scent produced when rain falls on dry soil.
2. sunlit
3. squinted
4. comfortable
5. disrupted
6. phones
and/or:
1. personal space
2. copper
3. granite
4. quarry
5. squat
6. parched

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Words on Wednesday

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.  The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.  This month the words are supplied by River and can be found here.

Dearest Olivia;

You have been the best friend anyone could ever have and I know that you have been worried about us and our sudden disappearance. I know that our phones were disconnected and you've been frantically trying to reach us.  There is so much to tell you and much that I can't tell you.  I just don't know where to start except to hopefully make you relieved to know that we are fine and unimaginably over-the-moon happy.

I cannot tell you where we are, and the postmark on the letter means nothing because the letter has been routed by hand through roughly four or five countries before being posted.  I'm sorry to be so theatrically evasive in what I tell you, but it is not just for our safety but for your own.  Which is why I must also ask you to stop contacting authorities about our disappearance and just let everyone lose interest in finding us.  Perhaps when attention is refocusing on others I will be able to reach out to you again and share the amazing details of what has transpired over the past year. 

I can tell you this much.  We are a family of four again.  Yes, four.  The brothers, a daughter, and a wife are reunited.  The expansive story created to protect us was effective for a time but was beginning to crumble around the edges and a decision was made to bring that mythology to an end.

As I write this, I can see in the distance a campfire and hear the singing of my daughter in a language that we both are still learning.  I'm using my husband as a footrest as we went hiking today and he is massaging out the stiffness in my ankles with an olive oil blend I created with herbs from our garden.

I do miss you and our morning coffee conversations terribly, but we are safe, happy, and healthy.  You are always in my thoughts and prayers, and I know we are in yours.

                                                                                                 Until we meet again,

                                                                                                                   E
1. refocusing
2. theatrically
3. unimaginable
4. olive oil
5. footrest

6. relieved
and/or
1. roughly
2. mythology
3. disconnected
4. expansive
5. campfire
6. singing

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday's Words ...

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.  The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.  This month the words are supplied by River and can be found here.

[ring]
[ring]
[ring]
[ring]
E: "Abs? Where is that ringing coming from?"
[ring]
A: "Your purse.  Isn't that your cell phone ringtone?"
[ring]
E: "No.  Oh my goodness!  I forgot about the phone your uncle sent to me.  I hope they don't hang up!"
E into a cell phone: "Hello? ... Yes, this is she. ... Where? ... On Merlin? ... Caldera Crossbow? ... Oh, crossing!  Yes, I know the place.  What time do you close? ... Thank you.  I will be right there to get it."
A: "Was it uncle?"
E: "No.  It was a Western Union office across town.  I have to go pick up a telegram."
A: "Can I go with?"
E: "No.  I think it would be best for you to wait here.  I won't be long."
E - STOP - THOUGHTLESS TO LEAVE W/O DELIBERATELY TELLING RISK - STOP - NO TIME TO EXPLAIN - STOP - ASK A TO TAG PHOTOS W/BYRON TO UNICORN VALLEY CAVE'S IG - STOP - WILL CONTACT YOU AGAIN AFTER - STOP - I - STOP STOP
E: "Abs?  I'm back.  Do you still have those pictures your uncle asked you to take?  I need you to do something with them for me right away."

[two days later]

[ring]
[ring]
[ring]
E: "Hello? ... Where? ... 15th and Main?  Yes, yes.  I know where you are.  I will be right there."
E - STOP - PARTICULAR LIGHT GLINTING ON NE WINDOW XRSS STREET FROM OFFICE - STOP - USE CAUTION - DID YOU RECEIVE REMEMBERANCE PLANT SENT FOR P - STOP - ASK A TO TAG PHOTO - STOP - CROP IN ON BASE OF PLANT - STOP - ALSO PLANTER - STOP - WILL CONTACT AFTER - I - STOP STOP
[a week later] 
[ring]
[ring]
[ring]
E: "Hello? ...  Gracious me!  I have been so worried!  What on earth is going on?  Is it safe ... What?  Yes, it is in the other room.  It was stunning by the way, thank you so much for remembering ... Alright.  I'm by it now.  ... Really? Blocks eavesdroppers?  Who would want to ... oh ... well, yes.  I suppose we can.  When? ... Right away? ... But for how long? ... No, she won't be happy to hear that. There is a class camping trip that she wants to go on and I was going to let her go but hadn't told her yet.  If we have to be gone that long, she will miss it. ... Really? Well, I suppose if you feel it is necessary. ... Yes, I will go pack for us now and we will leave as soon as she gets home. ... No, she is not alone, she is at the library with her friends studying. ... Yes, I'm sure, I dropped them off myself. ... What?  Why can't we take ... where? ... yes, I feel it in the planter now ... goodness! Where did you get all of this ... alright ... I'll go get her right now and we will leave immediately. ... Yes, we will be careful ...

1. caldera
2. Merlin
3. unicorn
4. crossbow
5. thoughtless
6. stunning

1. glinting
2. crop
3. valley
4. particular
5. deliberately
6. cave

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Wednesday ~ somewhere ...

The original Words for Wednesday was begun by Delores and eventually taken over by a moveable feast of participants when Delores had computer troubles.  The aim of the words is to encourage us to write, a story, a poem, whatever comes to mind.  This month the words are supplied by River and can be found here.

Mom,

I read your email several times and still don't understand.  What do you mean Uncle Ivan has gone into hiding?  

I have taken the pictures of the exteriors of the house, school, and all the places we shop using Byron as he asked.  When I tried to take a picture of your office building, however, the receptionist left her desk and approached me quite angrily.  She treated me as if I was some madwoman, demanding to know what I was doing there.  I don't think she recognized me as your daughter, so I twitched and mumbled about the bacteria that had escaped the vaults after the plane crashed into them just as the ancient prediction said.  

I know, it was probably cruel to joke with her in such a way, but she was being quite rude to me.  She covered her mouth and backed away before running back into your building.  I stumbled around the corner just in case she was still watching me, but I almost ran right into a light post because I was laughing so hard.

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On another topic ... our biology class has scheduled a weekend overnight hike to a mountain lake in April after the last snow has melted.  It is a national park that has several endangered species there that we have been studying.  I would be part of the team looking for Loggerhead Shrikes to see if their numbers have increased or declined since the last count.  The boys will be tasked with finding endangered snakes, frogs and salamanders.

I would really like to go, if there is any flicker of hope that you might let me.  Yes, it will be co-ed.  Yes, there will be several adult chaperones.  Yes, we will be highly supervised.  Yes, I promise that if you let me go I will not put myself in any danger.  The hike to the lake is an easy one, and the park where we will stay in cabins for the night will have cell phone reception so you can call me.  I can give you the names and phone numbers of all of the chaperones as well.

Oh, one other thing.  There was a delivery today of a white lilac bush that is nearly ready to bloom.  But there was no card with it to say who it was from.  I put it in the southwestern window where it will get the most sunlight right now and watered it.  Do you suppose Uncle Ivan sent it?

We will talk more tonight when you get home from work.  I'm making dinner tonight for you.  And yes, that is an attempt to butter you up so you will let me go on the trip.

Love you,
Abs

1. exterior
2. madwoman
3. mountain lake
4. twitched
5. flicker
6. desk

and/or:
1. prediction
2. approach
3. bacteria
4. vaults
5. plane
6. white lilac