The birch trees in many parts of New England are dying or dead. A horrible fungal disease has decimated them, and I am sad to think these lovely trees may never again be seen lining nearby roadways and wooded areas.
This prompt got me thinking about gathering rosebuds 'whilst ye may', and then a song started in my head. Remember the grade-school singing of 'We gather together to ask the lord's blessing'?
Yes, Thanksgiving is certainly a time to tune in to giving thanks for everyday, and for everything we've got -food, family, and a warm hearth. When my family was together during the holiday, we'd go around the table and take our turn recounting that for which we were grateful. On the spur of the moment, and depending on the age of the family member, some of the comments were amusing. But the message was received, and we all ate the turkey with smiles on our faces.
So, we all need to gather our rosebuds while we may...
The swelling, tumultuous ocean spewed a dead whale from her depths onto the shore. Over the next day or two, many visitors scrambled over the rocky coast to see, and smell, the rotten carcass. The key idea of the city was to leave the right-whale there, and enable the natural process of predators and putrefaction to do their work.
Then came 'superstorm Sandy', and she did not agree that this body held any charm at all. So Sandy's wrathful seas pushed the stinking whale body nearer to the road, too close to the high-end homes.
An urgent call for volunteers and marine professionals went out. They came and carved the flesh from the bone, with an upbeat attitude and covered noses, and sent the skeleton to a New England museum.
though the mourning never ends
heal thyself is my belief
gift of love time sends
Sunday services were focussed on remembering loved ones now passed, as it was All Souls Sunday. I paraphrased what I learned, and wrote what I felt. My sister's memory, as well as my mom and dad's, is always with me, but, as much as I hated hearing "Time heals all wounds", I really think time has assuaged the raw and sharp sorrow.