Thursday, May 19, 2011

Zoetic (Gratitude)

"Her early leaf's a flower, but only so an hour."
~Robert Frost




















My little family and I visited beautiful Prince Edward Island one summer and marveled at the huge maple leaves we found there. So we brought one home in a suitcase pressed between the pages of a book. Last fall, it began to fall apart. My kids wouldn't let me throw it away. So I drew it on lino and made an ink print of it so we could have that leaf forever. In fact, we could have hundreds of them if we wanted.

This leaf is memory. It's a family experience preserved. It's also a promise.

So much has changed since then but this leaf, just ink printed on paper, remains. Ink on paper...it's a little story itself, isn't it?

And this leaf will always be green. It will always be new. Like today. Today is green and golden. Wide and open. And for that, I'm grateful.

12 comments:

Nicole said...

Heart-warming. Quite.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Nice.

Homemaker Man said...

That was lovely, dude.

Munk said...

Yep, nice.

Nubian said...

Great post today. Love it.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Is that a photo of the actual print you made? Yowza! You're an artiste!

Antares Cryptos said...

I'm with everyone else.
Gratitude.

Vinny C said...

You reminded me of how simple things like that leaf can forever tie us to a special time & place.

Cool. Really cool.

Al Penwasser said...

How utterly poetic!

Julie said...

Sweet and I love how you gave us a lesson on memories...
Your kids were right and you fixed it so that the memory would not tarnish. We always need to try and keep the good things, or to preserve the touchstone to those wonderful times in our lives.

Awesome!

Alittlesprite said...

Sometimes the little things in life are so profound.

I love how you "get" it.

dbs said...

Feeling gratitude today for many things but especially for all of your comments. Thank you.

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