Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Country Home

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here.

If you regularly stop by my blog, you know that I use this day as a writing exercise, so here is my picture for today's post. This picture hangs in my guest bedroom among lots of antiques and old photos.
The Country Life

"I found a place for us to live in the country!"

My husband was animated and took both my hands in his. His job was very stressful and living in the city didn't help much. Having been raised on a farm and enjoying the solitude of country living, the adjustment to city life had been very hard for him. I, on the other hand, was a city girl. Living away from the city and to not have all the conveniences I was used to was more than I could imagine. But I couldn't bring myself to argue the point, seeing his excitement.

We took a drive that evening to see the property he had found. The house was reasonably priced with lots of possibilities for upgrading. Outside the back door there was a small shed on the edge of a beautiful pond. Spring was in the air. Some of the trees still held the last leaves of fall, while others were still barren, awaiting the buds of spring. The mountains around the house were snow-capped and blue gray in the distance.

Tom literally hopped from one room to another, looking at the scenery outside the windows. "Can we put in an offer? What do you think?"

I nodded my head in approval, all kinds of issues arising in my mind about how far it was to the grocery, that I had no neighbors nearby, that I would be lonely. Maybe the deal would not happen, and we could stay in our city apartment.

The offer was accepted, the deal closed and we made our move to the country. We had to get a satellite dish to get service for the Internet and our television, but I was quickly online for my job as an insurance analyst. Each day when Tom left, I felt abandoned and alone in the country. Then one day I walked out to the lake, noticing that the trees were beginning to bud and that the birds were singing loudly. I took off my shoes and dipped my toes into the water, which was still a bit cold. The fish were swimming around near the shore. I went back into the house and began to write a story about our move to the country and suddenly felt alive with the freedom and peace that was around me. 

Have you ever anticipated fear and disappointment only to find joy in a change in your life? If you have a picture to share and a story to write, be sure to join in now and share with our fellow bloggers.

Linda Kay

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