Love Story…

Affection in furry form. Breathtaking love of my life.  

Even now, my heart is fractured as I think of Yuri. 

However, he is still here.  

Influencing and showing his presence with a yearning of meaning.

Magical  music glides over mosaic remembrances and in certain moments

The holy hollowness of my heart beats the passion of  a peaceful spirit, 

Gentleness glistening in the sweet memories of long walks and silent conversations. 

Still here, in my mind, in my heart a steady gaze tells me he is silently with me. 

How can it be that this gentle  dog still grips my heart in grief…

He was the one who guided me through  healing

A  path of heartache that had clenched  and paralyzed me with fear.

He helped in maneuvering the treacherous waters of life, so I began to  believe in myself. 

The tears I shed are big, real tears of  sorrow and loss. 

Yet I am healed through his everlasting devotion of hope.

And life lessons continue to lead me in the love that is waiting for me within the eyes of nature.

This image is part of the https://islandinthenet.com/52-week-smartphone-challenge/ The topic is Love Story. My son shot this with his iPhone 6 witnessing me saying goodbye to Yuri. He was 13 and crippled with arthritis. We were fortunate that we were able to put him down in his beloved backyard. I am convinced that Yuri was and will always be an Angel. Photo is cropped and edited in snapseed.

A Valentine wish…

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day :). My wish is for everyone to be surrounded by love, whether it be romantic, family, friends or furry babies. 💕 This is Buttercup enjoying some Valentine roses.

The life of a Colorado teacher…

My day was tough and I am tired. I teach Kindergarten and today we celebrated 100 days of school. And tomorrow we celebrate Valentines Day before a day and an evening of parent/teacher conferences. Yikes!!! I love my job and all of my students. Not to mention that the days of celebration are fun. However, all that five year old excitement leaves me exhausted and ready to go home, put on my pj’s and eat pizza.

Yet, there is that part of me that requires time to myself in nature. I can’t make it to the mountains tonight, but there is a park nearby where I can walk in the calm, crisp, February air. The ducks and geese swim in the little area of the lake that is not frozen over. They are quacking, honking their displeasure in my presence. I look up and watch the sun dip behind the mountains, slipping my phone out of my pocket just in time to catch this beautiful moment. I feel refreshed and happy. I reflect on my day and find the many positive aspects that I had previously overlooked. Excited children, wonderful learning and supportive collogues. I am tired, but my day had meaning and I am surrounded by a loving community. With a full and thankful heart, I am ready to go home and order some pizza. 🙂

Reflection…

I sit between the wise, noble tree 

And it’s trembling reflection.

Thoughts piling up inside

Spilling up, spilling over

Pouring into the silent, still stream before us.

The strong, soundless branches of nature hold high an idea.

But the winds of the world blow ripples within the words

And blur the meaning of intentions.  

Poetry and Image by Magical Normal Life

Many times, reflecting on my inner self is as painful as it is forthcoming. However, viewing what is within my heart has been the most healing exercise of deep grief. Well that, and time. And I have had plenty of time. In emerging from the reflection, I often want to express what I am feeling, but the feelings cannot be accurately expressed in words and they often come out distorted and blurred. How do you express these deep seated emotions that are rooted deep within each of us? Poetry, photography, painting or sharing your story. I appreciate what each of you have brought to my life through the sharings of your inner self. Blessing to you!!

This image is part of the https://islandinthenet.com/52-week-smartphone-challenge/ The topic is Symmetry. I used my iPhone 10. Photo is cropped and edited with Snapseed.

The Mountain Song…

You call me into your towering arms

With the soft, whispering voice

Of air brushing through pine needles

Along with whirling wings of tiny ruby throated birds.

I run to you and…

Your sweet sting of mountain air tugs at my lungs

As I climb the rugged formations 

Who reach out to protect me.

Your colors of blue, green, brown and orange

Wrap me in a vision of peace.

And the beautiful strength of your cliffs

Are the walls of my soul.

Poetry and Image by Magical Normal Life

I am a mountain girl. I was raised, surrounded by the beauty and strength of the towering Rocky Mountains to the West of my childhood home. As an adult, commuting home from work, shopping at Walmart or a walk through the neighborhood brings with it the majestic view of America’s most famous mountains. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate the warmth of a beach and the fury of the ocean. But my peace and meditation comes from the air deprived environment of tall peaks and the scent of pine needles. Much of my healing has come through these rugged, yet calming landforms as well as long conversations with beloved family, friends, and pets as we hike their quiet trails.

What brings you joy and healing? Are you a lover of the ocean, rivers, mountains or perhaps a lovely city or town? We all have our meditative space to heal and to grow. Blessings to you!

The Realization…

It wasn’t until I lost you

That I realized the real magic…

Was in our ordinary moments

Together.

Poetry and Images by Magical Normal Life

Warmth…

The amber softness of love 

Weaves a pattern of neat, loose stitches

And whirling flames.

Encompassing the silent possibility

This glimmering moment brings

When our hearts do the talking

Instead of our voices.  

Poetry and Images by Magical Normal Life

This image is part of the https://islandinthenet.com/52-week-smartphone-challenge/ The topic is Warmth. I used my iPhone 10 and cropped the photo with Snapseed.