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The Seasons of Life

July 25, 2012 Posted by: Catherine

Days before graduation and I'm sitting outside writing underneath a tree.  Only 2 days and Project Write will be over.  All the friends that I've made will be going in different directions.  Some going as far away as China, some staying close to home.

Like birds crowding around a peaches and cream muffin, so are we students gathered around writing.  We will scatter like the crumbs of the muffin.  What am I to remember?  I most likely will forget many events after 10 or 20 years.  I may forget the events that occurred, a girl beautifully playing the armonica, and another who likes to climb trees.  The things they write about will be kept in my memory.  I've tried to memorize every one, checking on the blog almost everyday.

Each one influences people in different ways.  Some inspire people, some make people put a smile on their faces, some are so specific to the point that makes you wonder and be amazed.

They are like pieces of bark on a tree, the outer layer wrapped around leaves all reaching to the sky.  Peeled you see the inner thoughts of others, so has writing opened up my mind.  So have teachers and parents guided us as one layer gives way to another, so has one generation guided another.  So have leaves bent into the sky, so have words allowed to fly.  As autumn comes, leaves fly but always land back onto the earth.  So have children come to visit their childhood, visit their parents and their teachers.  Winter goes, people go, but spring brings new hope again.


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  1. Diane Waff - Philadelphia, PA
    July 26, 2012 at 08:19

    I love the whimsical tone in your writing. The crumbs of the muffin, the bark on the tree, and the hope of spring are phrases that stand out for me. I hope you will continue writing and consider attending Project Write again next year!

  2. SARA - NEW JERSEY
    July 26, 2012 at 02:39

    The seasons of life, interesting. Being in what you would call autumn, my experience suggests that first enjoy what place you are in life and then look forword to the next stage. We often miss what is around us worrying about what is to come. Enjoy whatever age you are right now and explore the world around you. It only gets better if you let it.

  3. Peggy - Natchitoches, Louisiana
    July 26, 2012 at 01:21

    Your writing has a wonderful rhythm!

  4. Larry - Pennsylvania
    July 25, 2012 at 08:51

    Great post Catherine. Sometimes we remember the flavor of the muffin, sometimes the types of birds. As long as we remember, we will have stories to write, to read and to speak.

  5. MRS. E - PENNSYLVANIA
    July 25, 2012 at 06:36

    I will miss reading your writings. You have so much to say and say it beautifully.

  6. Mrs. Asprakis - Philadelphia, PA
    July 25, 2012 at 05:44

    Catherine, you truly brought tears to my eyes as I read this. I will remember you and everyone through your writings that will be made into our magazine. I just downloaded the pictures from the website to save.

  7. Cris - Philadelphia , PA
    July 25, 2012 at 02:27

    @Catherine, so very cool to read your reflections- your analogies are poetic! It wasn't long ago that I was in your shoes- feeling like I was always the learner in the group. While this maybe be true, now and throughout your life-long-learning process, don't underestimate your ability to teach something new to those parents, guides, and rangers too! Thank you for sharing and enjoy your last few days of the writing project!

  8. Erin - Michigan
    July 25, 2012 at 01:29

    I'm glad you've enjoyed this experience. I'm sure you'll carry it with you forever.

  9. John - Washington, DC
    July 25, 2012 at 01:24

    They inspire me. Good post. Thanks

 

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