After many dog years of companionship, friendship, and love, Maggie is gone. She had a way of getting to you, and she will be missed not just by the gang in Frisco, but by all of us who knew her.
Moments like these anchor memories of happy days gone by,
When one partook of the joys of the simple things in life,
Toes in the water, holding hands, beauty of nature and birds in the sky,
No worries about what tomorrow will bring,
Heart filled with so much joy, the soul could sing.
- Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.
In an expanded spirit of the theme, I have picked some pictures that may fit the theme in more ways than one. These are all old pictures. The situations that some of them represent can never be repeated. Some of the others took place just because I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and this happened by chance, and it may never happen again. They all have to do with memories.
The pictures below were taken in 2005 and 2006 respectively. One had to be there at the right time of the year, at the right moment in time of the day, and on a day with the right conditions, to be able to see these. The conditions along the C&O canal where these pictures were taken have also changed since the time I took them, so that these conditions may never be duplicated. It was an evanescent moment in time that one could have said was a figment of my imagination if I did not have the pictures to show.The following picture is from 2009. It was humid on that particular morning, and this caused the mist to rise from the railing on the bridge at Broad Run Trunk on the towpath. I had never seen this before, and perhaps I will never see it again. I just happened to be there at the right time.And then there is this series of pictures taken in 2009 of the train that appears out of the mist on a cool morning and then quickly vanishes from sight, as if it had never been there in the first place. Nobody else was there to see it. It was like that tree falling in the woods. It was an evanescent experience that is only remembered today because of the pictures.The following picture is from 2005. The broken-down building below used to be the Pennyfield Inn, and it used to be next to Pennyfield Lock. The building was built in 1879 and was finally demolished in 2009. It is now replaced with an open space that feels like it has always been there. (The building actually has an historical context in that President Grover Cleveland used to stay here during his fishing expeditions to this area.) The Pennyfield Inn is now just a memory. It existed for only a fleeting moment in time in the grand scale of history, and now has disappeared. This picture from 2005 illustrates the evanescence of the life experience. One of the kids in this picture has just finished high school, the second is in college, and we just celebrated the college graduation of the third. The circumstances of the old picture below are now but a distant memory.Here are other submissions to the challenge.
We had to first find her in the crowd.Here she is with her childhood friends. The three of them have known each other since their elementary school days. They all ended up getting their undergraduate degrees at the same time from the same university. They are moving on together but in different directions.She received at least one very thoughtful gift to prepare her well for the next stage of her journey.Well done, girl! Many more exciting adventures in life await you.
As a family that likes to spend time outdoors walking and hiking in the midst of nature, we frequently find ourselves atop different natural formations during many of our outings. Here are some pictures taken during a vacation in Scotland. This first shot is atop a small hillock in Pentland Hills, just outside of Edinburgh.
This cow was observing us from atop another of the hills in the park.A climb up yet another of the hillsfound us atop a peak with a cairn.The following picture is of us atop Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh.Some of us feel the urge to explore any and all random hilltops that appear within our field of view. So it was that, while we were at Hushinish in the Outer Hebrides, and in the midst of gale force winds and pouring rain, the kids clambered atop a hillock that we sighted in the distance in order to see what lay beyond. (Can you see them in the picture below?) The effort awarded them an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean through the storm.And this was the view of the North Sea from atop a cliff near the Butt of Lewis Lighthouse at the northern tip of the Outer Hebrides.We climbed a hill behind the town of Ullapool on the western coast of mainland Scotland. It was a long way to the top.We got a view of Loch Achall (which had been hidden from view so far) from atop the hill.This is a picture of Loch Broom and the town of Ullapool from the hilltop.The picture below includes The Minch, the strait that separates the mainland from the Outer Herbrides.Finally, here is a picture of us atop a cliff at Durness, along the northern coast of mainland Scotland.There is almost always a thrill when one looks out over the distance from atop natural formations.
Our extended family gathers quite regularly during Christmastime. It does not matter where we meet or what we end up doing. It only matters that we are there to spend time with each other – to renew, reconnect, share, and support each other every day from sunrise to sunset, and beyond. We take pleasure in simple activities and in celebrating milestones. There is rejuvenation, comfort, and joy and laughter, in activities that tend to repeat themselves every year. We celebrate the young ones in all age groups. Over the years some have grown up into young responsible adults who are discovering the world on their own, while others are in the process of coming into their own. The numbers increase and the process continues to amaze and never become stale. Our gathering is a celebration of existence, of life, and of simply being there. Here are some pictures from this year’s gathering.
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY!
If we did not have the family coming together for the Thanksgiving break.
Being in the company of our young people can also help the rest of us feel young once again.
You can find other submissions for this week’s theme here.