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Monday, August 1, 2011

Alone

Tonight everywhere I biked I was alone. I biked to the park and there was not a single soul in the park, or within sight. I was alone, totally alone. Everything was quiet. I did not linger because I was alone. I went down the street alone, not a car or person was in sight. I decided if I am totally alone who cares what I do? So I biked slowly and carefully and in the process I saw other lone objects, like one lone flowering shrub planted besides an old green screen door and the door hung onto an old yellowish house for dear life, if there is life in an old green screen door. I biked up Kaufman and in one of the side streets two people came biking my way but they had their faces turned away and never saw me wave my arm at them. I biked on alone. Up ahead I saw a man walk his dog but since the dog stopped to do his job, I turned off because I wanted to be alone. I took a ride around Yoder’s Fresh Market. In their parking lot I saw one lone bird heading for the garbage behind the fence. The bird wanted to be alone and so I biked on. And then after turning onto Kaufman again I saw the man and his dog coming toward me again. This time the man and the dog took a cut through someone’s yard because they wanted to be along. I turned home but went pass my house to the end of the street. I sat alone under the huge old tree, draped with Spanish moss and vines crawling and climbing up the trunk. I saw one squirrel and it was alone gathering moss, stuffing it into his mouth. I sat there alone in total quietness. My mind wandered back thousands’ of years ago to Adam. He was alone when God made him out of the dust of the earth, totally alone except for the presence of God and the animals, the bugs and the bees. I wasn’t lonely but was just feeling alone because I was alone. And now all evening I think of others who are alone and lonely… God told Adam it is not good for a person to be alone and so He put him into a deep sleep and created Eve for Adam. And because of Adam and Eve I am not alone for any length of time. Tomorrow I will hustle and bustle with people again. I will let the nurse take my blood pressure and I will also let the doctor examine my heart…

9 comments:

  1. Pinecraft can be a lonely place during the summer time. But its August already and the fall is fast approaching. You will be having a lot more company soon Katie, so hang in there. Richard

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  2. Do you have snow birds in your area? when does it start to get busy again? God Bless

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  3. @Brenda, The first snowbirds come down late October.

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  4. What a lovely description of being alone. I also treasure solitude. It's the setting that holds jewels of togetherness.

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  5. Katie- I've stumbled across your blog once or twice before and it always intrigues me. Tonight I followed the link from Ira's post and spent some time reading some of your posts. We have a similar background except my parents left the Amish when I was very small. My grandpa Jones spends part of every winter in Pinecraft- I wonder if you've ever come across him. He's a dear old man full of more pep than most 90+ year olds have.
    I loved this post- the writing is beautiful!

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  6. Anita, tell me more about your Grandpa? I tend to meet up with 90+ year old men but at the moment I can't remember a Jonas.

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  7. Katie- sorry to be so slow getting back to you. Grandpa is Levi Jones. He's soon 97 so has slowed down some but not all that much. He's generally there sometime after the New Year till March or so. Quite a few of my aunts and uncles and cousins are in and out of Pinecraft and the surrounding area while he's there; one of his 'hoch' kids generally provides transportation to and from FL.

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  8. Anita, Levi Jones, your grandpa is one of my best buddies in Pinecraft. I love meeting up with him for he is always cheerful and in the best of moods. He has a clear mind and still hears well. Obviously he loves life and lives each day to the fullest.

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  9. @Katie- Yes, you've just described him perfectly! Glad you know him. I was with him yest eve and intended to ask him about you but we were interrupted before that happened. :)

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