Before I dared to call myself a writer, before I could ever imagine seeing even a single word of mine in print, before I knew what a blog was, I read this:
‘When your life’s seasons, assignments or relationships change, begin to adjust. Learn to play by the new rules…when the music changes, it’s time to learn some new dance steps, otherwise you’ll finish up sitting on the sidelines.’ ~ UCB Daily Word
At the time I read those words, I was sitting on those sidelines and I know it’s not a good place to be. But I had a choice – stay there and go nowhere, or get up, learn some new steps and dance. Dance and make it count.
Life’s seasons come and go, colours change, snow falls and still Sweet Robin sings ~
And then spring arrives and with it a Californian welcome from across the shining sea ~
While daffodils bloom in an English garden ~
The colours of spring remain, despite a trick of the camera ~
No matter what time of year, when we look to our true friends,
we know we will find comfort ~
But sometimes we have to say goodbye to all we know before we can begin again and sometimes that means never going back ~
She would miss it, the Californian Sun, but strapped into a seat on a 747 staring aimlessly at the sky map, what would it matter? She wasn’t coming back.
A last vacation with the kids, he said, but he never showed up, leaving her with empty explanations and she was sick of it.
Foam-capped waves danced on the sand, then sucked back again into vast sea, teasing her children in the chase as big sky melted into horizon’s dark line, Pacific sun sliding into purple day’s end.
Time to go.
A lone gull wheeled overhead and shrilled goodbye.
But we can go back if it means understanding how far we’ve come. And if that means dancing on a beach as the Californian sun slips into purple day’s end, even better.
Sidelined no more.
We know who we are and we know where we’re going.
We just have to believe.
I owe a huge thank you to these ‘sheltering friends’ (and please forgive me for this clumped together post…) ~
Charli gave us ‘Wild Spaces‘ as our 99 word flash fiction prompt last week. I wasn’t able to post anything here due to time constraints but I did post it over at Carrot Ranch so that it could be included in her weekly compilation and newsletter. Thank you Charli for believing in me as, among other things, a flash fiction writer and for your friendship. I’m honoured to be a member of your Congress of Rough Writers.
Jo tagged me a while ago for a nature photography challenge. Thank you Jo for taking me and all your readers along so many beautiful walks and for checking in on me after your hols in the Algarve. *Big Smile*
Sarah tagged me a few weeks ago for the 3 Days 3 Quote Challenge even when up to he eyes in marketing and promoting the giveaway of her book Dessication. Thank you for thinking of me Sarah and for your inspiration (please forgive the challenge cheat…).
‘…black and white or tones of one colour. Look for texture, shape and patterns. The subject matter is entirely up to you, but should be loosely garden related.‘
The monochrome spring tete-a-tetes are for you Jude, I hope you like them!
I’m on a blogging go-slow once again, but I will be catching up asap. Thank you dear ‘sheltering friends’ one and all, for your patience and for dancing with me…
Love Sherri x