Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Into the Light


Not being religious, I have no firm conviction as to the nature or even the existence of an afterlife. I do agree with Mark Twain who felt that an eternity spent playing harps and singing praises would be tedious. And I reject the notion that any loving deity would condemn anyone to eternal torment. Beyond that -- well, I've been willing to be surprised.

I've never spent much time thinking about the hereafter -- except, as the joke goes, when I'm standing in front of the open refrigerator and wondering what I'm here after. But recently . . .

Every morning I descend into the dark basement, deal with the laundry, then fill a can with sunflower seeds for the bird feeder outside. I pick up a walking stick (the grass is usually slick with dew) and open the door. The brilliance of the just-risen sun dazzles my eyes. I bow my head and set off into the bright light of a spring morning.

If I could choose my afterlife, this is how it would begin.
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4 comments:

Pat in TN said...

Vicki ... You take the most beautiful pictures and have some of the most beautiful thoughts to go with them. This picture is simply just soothes the soul ...

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Pat -- It's hard to go wrong in this beautiful place!

Amelia Walton said...

My first thought is that I think we've all always thought that the farm just might be heaven...

My second, unrelated thought, has to do with the family recipes, I came across a blog about a family cookbook and thought of ours, and thought you might like to check it out too!
http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2008/04/family-cookbook.html

Vicki Lane said...

Thanks, Amelia! And the angrychicken is a terrific blog! Will definitely spend a little time there -- her sewing book looks really neat. And while I have your attention -- start getting together some recipes to send me for the next family cook book addition (those on your blog today looked extremely worthy!)