Advice From an Elephant:
Make a BIG first impression
Don’t work for PEANUTS
Be all EARS
Know when to put your FOOT down
Be GENTLE, no matter your size
Have big IDEAS
Photo taken at Albuquerque Biological Park
For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: View From the Side
I’m glad I don’t live in the mountains ~
I might take their beauty for granted.
What a shame that would be!
Nancy Merrill Photography A Photo a Week Challenge: Beauty
Photo taken at Maroon Bells in Colorado
“The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Photo taken in Killarney, Ireland. (Killarney National Park with Ross Castle in the distance)
For Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Walks & Trails
Most stairs won’t take you
where faith has wings to lift you:
over any wall
Photo taken at Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Ireland
Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Stairs or Steps
My latest hospice patient was full of stories. Millie started telling me stories the minute I sat down beside her. She grew up on a farm with three sisters, so there were numerous tales of chores, animals, strict parents, and of course boyfriends. The boys would come calling on her sisters, not her. She watched as her sisters dated and eventually married, but she was always more comfortable on her own. “I was sure I’d be an old maid”, she admitted, “It’s what I thought I wanted”… and then she met him.
Andy had returned from a two-year enlistment in the Navy. Back home with his parents in Pennsylvania, he felt lost and didn’t know what to do with his life. His uncle was a farmer in Kansas who needed help with the harvest, so he moved west. Andy and Millie met when they each drove truck-loads of wheat to the grain elevators in the middle of a long, hot summer.
Millie is proof that there’s always space inside us reserved for someone else and a new way of thinking. She had to adjust her heart and her mind to make room for Andy and for the family they might have someday. “It just took a while”, she said, but once she figured out love had finally come calling on HER, she changed her thinking from “me” to “us”. The life journal I wrote for Millie will be shared with 3 children, 6 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.
A Poem for Millie
she lived inside herself
closed off to the world of affection.
there was a tug at her heart
and a sense of approaching vulnerability.
She felt herself being opened somehow
never found her way back to being closed.
Photo Credit: Pinterest
Note: Names have been changed
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