from the rubbish, we find new stones

April 30, 2010 Candace Morris 5 Comments



when rebuilding a life 
while standing in the rubble 
examining the stones that made up 
who
you
were

one begins to lay new mortar
picking up old bricks
handing them to another with questions
"what about this one?"
"does it need fixing too?"
because after such a devastating earthquake,
the last person's construction advice you can trust
is
your 
own



but then. time...it passes.
it flys by flippantly
throwing up your skirts
tangling your pristine hair.
gasping for breath, you finally stop spinning.
all
is 
silent.


and you are standing in front of a wall that once was.
it's shattered to the ground.
without knowing from whence they came,
people start to hand you bricks.
you recognize them, both the faces and the stones.
they 
love
you.




your hands know how to mix the new cement.
your eyes recognize the ingredients that will no longer work.
your heart trusts your building experience.
because this time
you
have
help.




each stone is unique
in texture
in color
in shape and size.


but every few lines of bricks, randomly placed 
magically found,
a stone appears.
its color never before seen.
its texture never before so smooth.
its shape perfection.

has it been there all along?
you had no idea
you had such beauty
hidden below the fallow soil.


i call these milestones.
this week was filled with them.

so we begin to build. 
a stronger,
sturdier,
softer
fortress of the heart
never
there
was.


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We had a lovely week indeed.  Here are a few shots from Balboa Park, San Diego
(location of all shots above, as well)



This is the botanical garden...




We then headed east towards the fountain







Happy Friday,
crm

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