For the Ragtag Daily Prompt: solstice.
For Norm2.0’s Thursday Doors.
I went for a walk at Fort Worden this week and did not walk on the beach. I was wearing work shoes not suitable for sand. I went up the bluff to the bunkers instead. The bunkers are so quiet in the winter, without all the tourists.
It was very dark yesterday by 3:00 pm. We are so close to the solstice now.
The sun is coming back!
For the Daily Prompt: miraculous!
The sun rises so much further south in the winter, as we approach the solstice.
I am with my father and my sister. My mother is not around. I am not sure if she’s gone or dead. Dead, I think.
My father has gone off. My sister is 3 or 4 and I am 6 or 7. I am taking care of her. We are at a park and I am trying to get food. It is Thanksgiving. It is not cold, it’s warm. There are large family groups at picnic tables.
My technique is to move in on a family group. We play near them and I listen for adult names. We play close enough that I can hear but not close enough to impinge on the group. When they start to clean up and take things to the cars, I am ready. I slip in and hold my hands out for a bowl. The adult looks at me. “Aunt Norma’s.” I say confidently, because I know which bowl belongs to each adult. And which bowl I want. The adult hands me the bowl. They can’t remember which kid I am, but I know Aunt Norma’s name….I head confidently with the bowl towards the cars and quickly slide it under my loose sweatshirt. I bypass the cars and head around to my sister.
Now the game changes a little. We have a couple bowls so she guards them. I work the next table alone and score a left over turkey.
The problem now is that we cannot carry it all to the car in one trip. I debate about safety. We are living in the car. I tell my sister to stay with the rest of the food and I leave her, carrying the turkey. It’s still light and there are still a lot of people around. She is sitting on the curb, bowls behind her, between two family groups. I will get the turkey to the car and then run back to her. The two of us can carry the rest of the food in one trip. Then we will have food for a while. She should be safe.
I wake up.
I took the photograph within the last month. What and where is it?
This is for Photrablogger’s Mundane Monday #65. I was out watching the solstice sunrise and these are some of my neighbor’s trees. Everything changes color and takes turns receiving the early angled sunlight. This is a study of light and color and sky.
You can love the whole person
all the angel bits the joy the laughter silliness hugs
all the devil bits the anger the grumpiness sulking whines
all the bits you have too
you do not always have to like their behavior
you do not have to tolerate abuse
you can say do not be mean, tease, gossip, steal, lie
and don’t give in to lies
you can love the whole person
you are wholly lovable
and you do not have to stay
for a moment even
if they abuse
if they won’t stop
and maybe they will change
another photograph that I took solstice morning
Taken this morning at 5:23 am as the sun rose.