Friday, February 26, 2010


This morning, over coffee, I was doing one of my favorite things. I was sitting and thinking. My eye caught the tail of mosquito netting hanging on my buffet. That took me back. I thought of beds in tropical locations, completely covered with the filmy stuff. The tropics, night noises, tree frogs and crickets and rain on the roof.

Then I started thinking of other scenes: an old manor house, a glossy winding staircase, fog, the moors.

I then think of Spanish moss and weeping willow trees, flowy dresses and long shiny hair.

I'm having fun now. I see an old car driving down a lonely stretch of highway. I see a man with a trench coat and fedora.

I see safari hats, more gauze and I hear the trumpet of elephants.

I see two young men wearing frilly shirts and slicked back hair jumping here and there in a sword fight.

All of a sudden, it occurs to me that probably all of these things that give my heart a certain excitement are nothing more than a bunch of cliches.

They are probably found in movies I have seen or books read. The funny part is, these elements are not necessarily in my favorite movies. What they have is a feeling - a feeling that draws me in and I want to be there. The plot doesn't matter, the people don't matter just now. All I care about is to be taken away and just BE in one of these memorable scenes. I just want to linger, I just want to look around. Then something will happen and I'll pay attention, but I've already had my treat. Everything else is secondary.

You know, sometimes I think too much. But as I go over my list of cliches, I realize there was a time when I first saw or pictured these things. Oh the richness - that was glorious!


  1. Cliche' or not, they give a powerful picture. I could see everything you described!

  2. Thank you, Jill. I appreciate that.

  3. You paint a picture of your heart, right now. I have been there my friend....Know I am praying for you...praying GOD will flood your heart with HIS presence and peace...and give you the confidence and grace to enjoy the rainbows, the rain, the sunsets, and the remnants of the storms.
    Blessings and hugs,

  4. Andrea - thank you for your prayers. It always comforts me to know that someone is praying for me.