|My Grandfather, surprisingly fit, with his cigar and his boat... while we, the "little family" cluster together.|
Saturday, June 14, 2014
1954 ~ Otis Reservoir
There's so much more to every story, every memory, every life. Our stories slip in and out of time and place and fantasy. I wonder here what is unspoken and unseen. What sweeps around these two, my brother and me.
It was another time, so long ago. I'm seven and my brother, not yet two. Yet, when I see these pictures, I smell flat water and a faint whiff of gasoline. I feel the excitement riding in the boat and remember the deep sheen of mahogany, the splash of water and the wind in our faces.
From then to now, sixty years have passed. The good, the bad, the tragic. Some years were rich and full, some long and dark and cold.
But I'm learning how, in the end, it's never one nor the other. Nothing's all black, nor all fine and shiny -- it's the mix, the big stew of Life -- the good, the bad, the dull. And for all the pain, there is also joy, small bright spots of light.
And, for all I know (or think I know), there is still my unfinished story, full of mysteries and things to come, unseen, unknown, unspoken.
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