Saturday, June 5, 2010

"Home is Where the Heart Is" and my giveaway reminder...


One day, not so very long ago, a wonderful old key was bestowed upon me. I knew right away it held magical powers, as it was a vintage French skeleton key, perhaps brought to me by one of my French ancestors, who's to say, I know they are always close by me...

It dangled from beautiful silk ribbons and the little enamel tag read "10" which is one of my lucky numbers. It also is the age I was when many of my precious childhood memories took place, an age I love to return to from time~to~time in my dreams, to savor those memories once again, for just a little while... there was a beautiful message as well, "A dream is a wish your heart makes". I knew this key would unlock all my dreams and take me to enchanted places. My heart made a wish, as the little saying told me a dream is a wish my heart makes, my wish was to visit my childhood home for just a while... the memories are so sweet. I live in the present but treasure the past, and hold dear the people, places, objects and events that took place, for those are the very things that made me the person I am today. "You aren't just the age you are, you are all the ages you ever have been". I would love to have you come with me, for you too are all the ages you ever have been...

C'mon! It's the perfect day to put on our Keds (mine are red, what color are yours???) and hop on our bikes and head out for a day full of adventures and exploring. Hurry! There are soo many places I want to show you! My little sister Jill is coming along with us today too. She and I got into sooo many escapades as kids, but you know what? We survived! Yep, life was simple back then, and our biggest decision in life really WAS what color of new Keds to pick each summer. I am wearing my red ones today as you can see. Ok, hop on your bike and let's go! Just follow me, and the little map I sketched out below... all of these places really existed and all of the tales really are true, even the names have not been changed to protect the innocent, tee hee hee. Jill and I served "hard time" being grounded for one or two days for many of our "mis~adventures"... Our home is where the little heart is...

Let's ride our bikes up into the orchard and see if anyone's at the secret hut. Be sure to pedal fast past the old haunted house! Look! Someone just peered out from behind those ratty old curtains, I swear, honest they did! Cross my heart! Ok, we can slow down now. What's the secret hut you ask? Why, it's a hidden clearing among the trees where we all gather to tell ghost stories, of course! Hmmm, no one here today. Ok, let's check the thicket. Be careful! It's a narrow little dirt path to there. Sorry, you will need to get off of your bike here, we have to crawl through the brambles into the thicket. Are you coming??? Those stickers won't hurt you! Hmmm, no one here either, that's odd. Maybe they are all down at the swamp. I know, I know, it says "Keep Out", but we are just going in for a few minutes to check for salamanders. Darn! The old raft made out of logs has floated out into the middle of the swamp. Why WON'T you swim out and get it??? Ok, ok, we can come back another day when we can reach it. I swam out last time! Did too!!!
Let's grab an apple to munch on while we ride, Farmer Stringham doesn't care if we pick his fruit as long as we eat it. Let's ride over to Turkeyshoot Drive, it's just down the road a piece. I want to hike up to Mother of Pearl Rock. You can see FOREVER from up there! We must ride quickly past the polygamists farm! They have strange ways and we are not allowed to go there. We can sneak back another day and spy on them!!! Oooh, and the woods! The woods are rather dark, even in the daytime. I think someone is watching us! Honest, cross my heart! Can't you feel them staring at us from among the pines??? Pedal faster! Ok, now we must get off our bikes again and walk. Watch where you step as we walk our bikes down this path, there is a pool of quicksand. Yes, for REAL! Nope, no fence or anything around it. Watch! I wll throw this BIG stick in and it will sink. Neato, huh? Well, I guess our last stop is the old Isinglass mine shaft. Yes, it's abandoned and I KNOW it says "Keep Out" too, but I just want you to see how dark it is inside and there are weird noises sometimes. Don't be a scardy cat! YOWIE!!! YIKES!!! What was that??? Hurry, get on your bike and pedal fast back to my house. And if you EVER want to come with me again, don't you DARE tell ANYONE where we have been!!!
So there you have my whimsical little story (which is all true)... just a reminder too about my giveaway posted in my previous post... you may comment on that post and~or this one to enter. If you comment on both, I will enter your name twice. You must comment by midnight Pacific time on February 1st (into February 2nd). My sweetie will draw the winning name on Tuesday February 2nd, Groundhog Day, and I will post it the same day. xoxo