Monday, November 7, 2011
Sunrise, sunset and a sad farewell
It was soft. A golden dawn, the skies filled with voluminous clouds on a horizon painted rose, mauve and rimmed with brilliant ochres and creams.
A young friend, grandson of a dear friend who lives across the valley, was killed in a car accident the morning before. He helped me dig the pond of which I'm so fond and write about often. He worked with me on pruning my little orchard the way his grampa had taught him and helped nail down a tricky piece of roofing on the drive shed. He had had many personal challenges throughout his short life but he continued to look at it with joy, enthusiasm and hope for a better future.
Life is ephemeral and I'm reminded once again that we are given an unknown amount of time on this earth and we must do our part each of us to keep it safe and healthy but more important we must keep ourselves safe and take every second we have with gratitude.
Here's to you Ryan - we'll miss you!