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Photo: Bee and thistle: Taken high in the Cascade Mountains where there is a bee buzzing on every thistle. by Debora Rorvig

Friday, August 12, 2011

The Detour Around Old-Age Boulevard


9:15 A.M.

there are no little legs dangling from the dining room table chairs;
no peanut butter and jelly smiles...


 the checker game is over and Grandma has lost...



Koda's been checking the window and looking at me as if to say "Where are they?"



I sit alone with my thoughts and sip my tea.
Quiet.


The children have gone home to Portland. Back to their cozy home with the park across the street where they daily run and play and walk Millie the Aussie Shepherd.  Home to swimming lessons and soccer practice and getting ready for 1st grade. A grand and wonderful life. All that I could wish for my dear son and his family.

As the van pulls out the drive my life returns to 'normal'. Serene days with books and blogs, late suppers and walking the dog. To sipping tea and growing beans. To knitting things and chatting with friends and neighbors. All that I could wish for myself and hubby.

And yet...
The road I take, though of my choosing and very pleasant...it is also very, very....quiet. And when one travels Quiet Lane, there are warning signs posted along the way that must be strictly heeded...

WARNING:
DETOUR AHEAD!
Though this road is indeed very pleasant and quiet; beware the ruts that run down the center of this thoroughfare. They lead to Lonely Lane, and from there they intersect with Set in Your Way...which is the express route to Old Age Boulevard.

In order to avoid the heavy (and exasperatingly slow) traffic on Old Age Boulevard, one must follow the detours signs and exit Quiet Lane from time to time. A quick turn on to Grandchild Expressway will help you avoid winding up on Old Age Boulevard. But be warned, you've got to be on your toes to travel this path. The expressway is strewn with soccer balls; and there will be bicycles and skateboards whizzing past you...nonstop! And noisy, oh my goodness yes! You'll hear giggles and shouts, babies crying and children fighting over checker games on this street. Not at all like Quiet Lane! But the great thing about Granchild Expressway is that it never, never intersects Lonely Lane and actually leads you away from Set in Your Way and Old Age Boulevard! So, if you want to avoid Old Age Boulevard, you must take this bypass from time to time. Then when you travel along Quiet Lane, lost in your thoughts; you'll have pleasant things to think about!

photo from travelpod.co.uk

3 comments:

jojo said...

oh, that is just the sweetest post. It even brought a tear to my eye...Blessings to you sweet friend as you navigate your way back home.

Linda O'Connell said...

What a lovely, sentimental post which I can certaily relate to.

Curmudgeon said...

Hmmm. my son is cleaning out his room and getting new furniture. Kind of a graduation present. Stirring similar feelings. Stuffed toys, kites, books, games, old clothes, posters, in the trash or good will bags. Hard to watch it go. He has a beard now. Vulnerable feeling. Such a good natured kid. Wish he would live with me till I died.
Don't know if it would work for you but With all my edema if I put my legs above my heart I can lose up to seventeen pounds in one day. some actually stays off.

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