Thursday, August 26, 2010

A Time with Kate

A Time with Kate from Croft on Vimeo.

Since Grayton Beach, for almost two weeks, Kate returned to Northcroft for a visit. We picked fresh fruits, made jelly and apple sauce, visited Mrs. Oliver and helped where we could. We made dozens of pictures of humming birds and butterflies and walked the mountain roads to visit other neighbors. We bought fresh vegetables from Wendell’s vegetable stand on Lucius Road, ate them and served them to Terr when he came up of the week end.

The following week Kate and I revisited an old favorite pastime; hunting through the woods for natural materials to build fairy houses, then spending hours creating the whimsical buildings and landscaping them. Between these activities we played endless games of Rummikub and had our heads in the light of our computers reading email and watching a film series called Seven Up.

The final days took us to the shack where we painted a mural on the large piece of plywood that I had installed on top of the worn-out bathtub. We studied fish pictures and lily pads and set to work with high expectations. We were proud of the endeavor and ever so pleased with the results.

Today, I tried to trap her with the very net she used (several times) to chase a pesky flying squirrel that was trying to eat the cabin, but alas, I had to let her go back to New York and to her own life.

When she was gone I was sad, but the beauty of this place was left with me. I walked around savoring the moments of reflection. When entering the house, a butterfly and a simple moth reminded me of life’s wonderful blessings and purpose.

Safe travels, Kate. I’m glad we had this time, in this place of your childhood, to play again and to reconnect. My thoughts and prayers will be with you wherever you may go.

P.S. It will be nice to get back to Atlanta and catch up with all of you there. I’ve missed you.


Kate said...

Perfect slideshow. Totally captures our week. Thanks for such a special time. Our fish are awesome. I love you!

Queenie said...

What a great way to spend two weeks. Great post, Merry, wish I
could have shared the fun.

fweakijam said...

Mother - I should have come and gotten you! I have treasured time with my daughters and I hope they will someday treasure time with me only half as much as I have with you. Thank you for being such a good example, for your support of Chatterbox and for your love. Back at you X 10!