Tuesday, February 10, 2009


On Sunday Tom and I visited my parents 100 miles south of here. We found them content, healthy, eager to visit. Wood stove burning at just the right temperature, coffee steaming in the pot, news to share. Pleasant visit.

Heading down the drive-way we spotted six deer, some nestled in the greening grass, some snooping around the barn, some playing with others. Reflective brown eyes, slender bodies blending into the land, twitching ears, graceful, beautiful creatures.

Scenes and experiences of safety and satisfaction are necessary for me. Balance from a too-often chaotic world which alarms and discourages is derived from peacefulness.

Knowledge of my parents' tranquility soothes me, comforts me, carries me through the days. While I know that life's blows come suddenly, I choose to nestle my heart in this knowing today. I'll take it. I'll take it while it's here. I'll give myself over to its gentleness, and let my soul rejoice.



tshsmom said...

I keep praying for tranquility at my parents' house. My Dad's prostate cancer and failing knees keeps my Mom in a constant state of panic. She could help him so much more if she would just calm down.

Tim Livingood said...

I resonate with this piece. Although I expected to be managing an increasingly calm existence by this time in my life, I still search for it!

In the midst of the sometimes chaotic, fleeting moments that comprise my days, there are times when I'd pay nearly any price of admission to walk into my parents home and sigh in relief at the respite.

I'll see them by and by.

Cherie said...

That's the thing, Tshs, my folks have had a rough go of it over the past several months, as you know. That's why the sweet serenity washed over me so thoroughly, I think. You are right about your mom. Maybe someday she'll see it, too.

Tim, my timid foray into Facebook has just yielded sweet fruit. This comment of yours brought tears to my eyes - for you and for me. Thank you for candid sharing, old friend.

Sandy's Notes said...

It is comforting knowing that all seems okay around us. I'm so glad your mom and dad are doing well. This is a good day!

Cherie said...

Yes, yes, it is, Sandy. Thanks. I hope things are well with your mom today, too.