Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Clear 'til Next Sunday

It was a backyard rule. We couldn't go past Rose's garden ever. That was our boundary. Never leave that part of the country without someone over 18 years old until we were at least 10 years old ourselves. So once we were 10, that summer going past Rose's garden was all that we ever did.

It was far further than that.

It was at least 20 minutes past Rose's garden.

No map could show the way there. You would need the services of a Lewis and Clark pair such as my best friend, Craig and I, to manage the way. To this day, I can barely remember, and I doubt whether Craig can either.

The trek was a long one -- past Rose's garden across the rest of the backyard and up the riverbank. We followed the bank left through the sun, then through the trees, around the end of the slough where the dead fish washed up in the mud. We called that "Fish Grave."

Our mothers could always tell when we'd been there.

Picking our way through the driftwood and occasional decay, we'd zag our way across to the pennisula where the "Forest of Mysteries" held the stories we made. As we walked through the underbrush, looking for flowers and signs of humanity, we once described an entire village and the events of a battle that took place to keep it safe.

A massive granite boulder stood, near a path we knew. That was the "Resting Rock," where we thought important thoughts of important days. It was there we decided who we would be. It was there we determined how the world worked. It was there that we deemed the best movie of the year.

When we stood on that rock, we could see clear 'til next Sunday.

Just beyond, "The Resting Rock," when we were lucky, if we looked at the right time of year, we could find a path to a tiny, leafy place. There . . . just about 20 minutes beyond Rose's garden, where we couldn't go until we were over 10 years old . . . is where the fairies are. That's where dreams and wishes are made. That's where magic and happiness happens. Smiles start. Hearts warm. Kids aren't afraid.

It's a real place where the fairies are.

When you've seen clear 'til next Sunday, some things you know never fade.
--me strauss Letting me be


Anonymous said...

Absolutely lovely.

ME Strauss said...

Thank you, Easy.
I can almost see 'til next Sunday today. :)

Anonymous said...

It made me feel as though I were with you wandering that magical place. :o)

ME Strauss said...

It feels sort of magical to look back there. My memories have no bugs or icky things. :)

Janus Torrell said...

I remember the first Time I got to go a little further.


ME Strauss said...

Your comments never cease to surprise me. I so love to hear from you!

Trée said...

Liz, you write with a beauty that can only come from within. Blessing to you my friend. :-)

ME Strauss said...

Hi Tree!
Thank you!
You are an artist!

Dr.John said...

For me Roses's Garden was Poggie's place. That was as far as one could go. It was the end of the neighborhood.Beyond lay the carp river .

ME Strauss said...

Hi Dr. John!
I wonder whether everyone had a Rose's garden? I suppose we all did. That's a kind of a comfort. :)

dsnake1 said...

what an amazing adventure you must have. this is a very lovely post. brings me back memories of my childhood, and i am smiling because i was a naughty kid then. :)

yeah kids aren't afraid.

Dawn said...

Whew! It's finally next Sunday!
I just got off an airplane, where I could see all the way to the left coast. That was VERY amazing! Glad to be home though and spend some time in my own garden. :)

ME Strauss said...

Welcome home!
Dawn in the garden that's a lovely vision!

Kirk M said...

Hi Liz,

It's been a long time since I've seen clear till next Sunday. But I do remember.

A wonderful post m'lady!

ME Strauss said...

Hi Kirk!
I've seen Sunday. It's lovely. You'll have to there! :)