3 Little Words……..“I Love You” comes first to my mind- some folks find it hardest to say. Harder for me has been “Please Help Me.” I found the mindset that woman could do anything they set their mind to do and still believe that now. Many years ago I took this to an extreme by living in a house with no running water, an outhouse (I dug) and the only source of cooking and heat was the woodstove. I cut and split my own wood (with help) and lived there for a year carrying water home every day. You would never have known how I lived if you had seen my 100lb sweet self. I decided to opt for easier life and moved in town with all the luxuries. Three months later I had the car accident that changed my life. I was grateful for immediate help and I healed in my way. Things that drove me crazy were things like not being strong enough to open a window, open a stuck or heavy door or just get the lid off of a jar. I did grasp how lucky I was but “Please Help Me” was the hardest lesson.
I find it a wonder each year as the chlorophyll goes away to reveal the internal color of the leaves. This Maple is the first red tree I have seen in Asheville, NC. You can see the hills in the background are still green. Below is the YouTube of a song I sing every year since I was a girl when I would sing it with my Dad.
Remember my post from last about the washer eating my sock. Today, I got a call from our local supermarket to inform me that a set of keys had been turned in to them- the store member card identified them as mine. I had not lost keys but was intrigued so I hurried over to the store. While the clerk was retrieving them she told me that the man who turned them in had bought something at the Swannanoa Valley Museum rummage sale over the weekend and the keys were in the box. As soon as I saw them I recognized as the set my Mom lost four years ago- a year before she passed away. We tore the house apart of three different occasions looking for these keys. She was 95 years old and did not want to feel like an old lady who lost things!
A feeling of closure for the mystery and bittersweet to get her everyday keys returned to me. The keys came back maybe my sock will also . Life sometimes can be stranger than fiction.