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To the Woods!

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,


I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.


I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief.


I come into the presence of still water.


And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light.


For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free

~Wendell Berry


Anxiety greeted me this morning, an unwelcome guest.  The thought of looking out over the day and continuing to feel the way I did seemed like too much.  We were all here (excepting Mike), we were well, everything seemed okay.  But the fear, the irrational fear--it was here, too.  I have some verses and hymns that come to mind in times like this, and the above poem is one of my very favorites.  So are the words: Calmness, Courage, and Clarity.  I asked friends for prayer and set to doing some things I've been putting off, since I couldn't do them with the children awake.  I loaded the car for the thrift store, took a shower and made the bed.

During a very early breakfast of storebought doughnuts (pumpkin spice Krispy Kreme--really good!), we decided to go on a mushroom hike.  As you can see, it was more of a partridgeberry hike.  Oh, the berries they found.  Teaberries, too, and you can see the difference in the above photo.  There were a fair number of nice mushrooms: boletes, scales, slimes, fairy rings.  This was the first time I've let Laurel run free on a hike, though I still kept a very close watch on her.  The trail was slippery and the three bridges were worse, but we made our way through.  Home for a soup lunch, a bath for each of the children and an afternoon with popcorn.

I feel much calmer now.  I'm so thankful.



( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )
Oct. 2nd, 2015 08:16 pm (UTC)
I love those verses from Wendell Berry, as well. They fit so well with your pictures. I am glad we both have natural places we can "escape" to when life gets overwhelming...
Oct. 3rd, 2015 10:44 am (UTC)
Yes, me, too. :-)
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Oct. 3rd, 2015 10:45 am (UTC)
She's wearing different ones that I got when a Lifeways shop was closing last year. They're quite warm, lined with heavy fleece. Roan has a pair, too, and I was able to get some rain pants in her size. Very handy this week!
( 4 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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