April 15, 2011
Haiku My Heart is a wonderful Meme project started by Rebecca of recuerda mi corazon. Take a look at the beautiful photos and haiku and find out how you can participate in Haiku My Heart.
Sand on stretched out toes
Plump clouds dancing in the sky
Peace on earth, here, now
I like this photo. It is from a few years ago at a beach on the Great Lake Superior. We were on Madeline Island with friends that had come many miles to visit us.
Madeline Island is part of the Apostle Islands. You can see the area where we were on the map.
You have to take a ferry boat to get to the island. The entire lakeshore is part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Once there, you’ll find a few shops and a few houses scattered about. There is also the Big Bay State Park.
This photo was taken along a stretch of beach at Big Bay State Park. Two friends out for a walk, feeling the cool sand beneath their feet. Talking, laughing, reliving memories from so many years ago. The birthin’ and the buryin’ of children, relatives and friends.
I needed a lift and seeing these friends enjoying themselves on the beach in this three year old photo, and remembering the laughter and great conversation later that evening, I feel better. I was feeling a little blue as I visited my Uncle while traveling through the Chicago area on my way to Atlanta.
My Uncle is preparing to leave this world and take that final journey. I remember Uncle Willis as a warm, compassionate fun loving human being. As he closes in on his departure, he is showing exceptional courage and teaching us all just how to keep dignity through a difficult time.
My thoughts and prayers are for our family and for Uncle Willis’s journey to be easy and peaceful. I’m also thinking of good friends meeting and exchanging memories and laughter. Making me aware that I need to take time out from ‘problems’ and live a little, like those two friends at the beach.