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Life As I See It…

The quiet awakened me and the dark frightened me. Was I having a nightmare or was I in the Twilight Zone? I couldn’t hear Rod Sterling’s voice so maybe it wasn’t the Twilight Zone. Deathly quiet and very dark are scary for a kid. I felt Millie...

 

Life As I See It

I heard the laughter and squeals as they came through the door. Coats were shucked off; boots fell to the floor and mittens landed here and there. Today was the day we had all been waiting for. A tradition was born. The three grand kids gathered in...

 

Life As I See It

Both of my great grandparents, John and Eliza McDonald, were born in County Wicklow, Ireland and came to the United States when they were children. They married, settled, and farmed in Lafayette County, WI. My grandmother, Marcella was one of their...

 

Life As I See It

We had already spent 2 hours working in the barn milking and feeding the cows. Now it was time to feed ourselves. Most “normal” people were just crawling out of bed. I looked down at the plate before me. This was the breakfast that was a...

 

Life As I See It

He filled the doorway. Jonathon was a big man who met all difficulties head on, never shrinking from a challenge. He was now faced with a situation that sent him reeling. The doctors just told him that they had done all they could for his Sarah and...

 

Life As I See It

I gripped the podium as if it was a lifeline. It would take the Jaws of Life to pry off my hands. I stared at the notes before me, and they offered no comfort. Cautiously I glanced to my left. The fear level shot upward. There she was sitting like a...

 

Life As I See It

Whoosh, Whoosh, Whoosh. It is a subtle sound like a gentle wave tiptoeing to the shore. It is a soothing sound that suggests peace and rest. Actually, it is a CPAP machine that helps me get a good night’s sleep. For the past several months I have b...

 

Life As I See It…

NO! It can’t be. I just crawled into bed. How can it be morning already? Morning sunshine was already streaming through the window. Could this stifling room be the same room that turns into an igloo in the winter? Alas, it is true. We will be hit...

 

Life As I See It

It was love at first sight. It was love without borders or boundaries. It had no depth. It was an emotion so breath taking, it was a struggle to find the right words to describe it. I felt like the Grinch. My heart had to grow to hold all of that...

 

Life As I See It

Was it a rabbit or a cute little chipmunk? Maybe it was a little bird scratching around for tiny bugs and worms. Could it be something that could do me harm? Whatever was making that rustling sound in the foliage, I wasn’t about to go searching...

 

Life As I See It

Watching the fly, I knew that his actions were futile. He flung himself against the glass window over and over again. No matter how much he wanted to get out into the fresh clean air, he was going about it the wrong way. I could feel his pain for I...

 

Life As I See It

It can’t be morning again. It seems as if I just laid my weary body between the nice freshly laundered sheets. The sheets are still fresh and shouldn’t I be able to enjoy them for a bit longer? Why can’t I sleep in like so many kids my age? Why...

 

Life As I See It…

I drew up my feet as close as I could get them to the rest of my body. Millie and I had cuddled together under a heap of blankets all night like two puppies sharing their warmth. Millie crawled out first and I snuggled for a moment in the warmth she...

 

Life As I See It

The afternoon crept by like a snail with a broken foot. At one point, I was almost driven to examine the clock to see if it was still ticking. None of us did a lick of schoolwork all day. Woodlawn School was decorated within an inch of its life....

 

Life as I see it…

Off With Their Heads By Virginia Von Ruden ____________________ Gravity was holding me in bed. Would Mom take that as an excuse for not getting up after her second “warning”. Looking back, it was almost as if Mom was my snooze alarm. Eventually,...

 

Life as I see it

I just spooned a load of potatoes onto my plate when the phone rang. All activity came to a screeching halt. Casual conversation stopped in mid air. Everyone listened to the ring. It was 3 longs, 3 shorts and 3 longs. Yes! That was our ring. Mom got...

 

Life as I see it…

Here we go again. It is time for another meal. My brain turns to mush. What should I fix that I haven’t fixed for the last few weeks? Along with preparing the food, I also have to prepare the table. My table is never devoid of clutter. The daily...

 

Life as I see it…

We crowded together around the plant. We were like a trio of little puppies waiting for a toddler to let the crumbs of his lunch drop to the floor. Milt, Millie and I waited in anticipation for the first tomato of the season. For days we had watched...

 

Life as I see it…

I opened the blinds in the bedroom. It was going to be a glorious day. The summer air coming into the room was soft and warm carrying the scents of the vegetation outside. I made my way to the kitchen and there he was waiting for me. His cute little...

 

Life as I see it…

I cautiously opened the door and took one step inside. If it would have helped, I would have sat down and cried, but there was no one to hear me. And if someone did hear me there would be no sympathy coming my way. We all had our chores to do and no...

 

Life as I see it…

I stepped out of the barn into a glorious spring day. The sun was shining, the sky was a deep blue and the birds were singing to welcome this long-awaited day. Spring was really here after a few false starts. Spring came cautiously over the land...

 

Life as I see it…

It was a typical spring day. The sun, like an old friend, beckoned me outside. Old Man Winter was finally losing strength. And I was a typical farm kid who wanted to get out of as many chores as possible. I planned my escape. When Mom wasn’t...

 

Life as I see it…

Once I was Young Once I was young. The day you were born was one of the best days of my life. I looked at your little face and saw one of God’s miracles. You gave me hope for the future and the strength to venture into parenthood. Once I was...

 

Life as I see it…

The bed greeted me like an old friend. I slipped my cold feet between the soft fleece sheets which molded around me like a warm hug. After a long day on my feet in the food pantry, my body was calling for rest. It was time to recharge and let my mind...

 

Life as I see it…

Declutter Carefully I reached for the plate in the china cupboard. I swept my hand over the smooth surface. It was yellowish in color and had intricate designs. My mind went back to a lifetime ago when I was just a little sprout in my mom’s...

 

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