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Image When Abraham Wakes Up
By Sharon Brown on March 20, 2011

I didn't know a thing about calendars. I didn't know when seasons were supposed to change, I really didn't care very much. But I always knew when it was spring. That's when Abraham wakes up.

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AlohaHoya
Mar 19, 2011 11:18 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I have of your rich and glorious youth-hood, with your grandmother and kin in the mountains!!! And I use *envy* Lovey dubby in a positive way...it's not green, it's a sunny rosy color encouraging growth. I love reading about your adventures in the mountains...with your grandmother and nature.

Wish I had been your friend back then and could have learned from you...and your grandmother!!!

XOXO Carol
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageSharon
Mar 19, 2011 11:25 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I guess it's ok to tell you about the tadpole that lodged itself in my ear, but you might change your mind if I tell you about the hot summer day when I jumped half naked into the Cumberland River and came out with the lower half of me covered in leeches.

It wasn't always pretty, but thankfully I don't remember very much about the leeches. I do remember the tadpole, though.

See what would have happened if you had been my friend?
Thanks, Carol!
AlohaHoya
Mar 19, 2011 11:27 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
I'll pass on the leeches....but you would have saved me from the tadpole...if we had been friends, then... Rolling my eyes.
Leap. The net will appear.
ImageSharon
Mar 19, 2011 11:30 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I would have pulled him out by his little bitty tail. Promise.
AlohaHoya
Mar 19, 2011 11:33 PM CST
Name: Carol Noel
Hawaii (near Hilo)
It's all about choices.
Rolling my eyes.
Leap. The net will appear.
Imagevic
Mar 20, 2011 6:05 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh what a lovely story.

I still depend on nature things to tell me when spring is coming. My first clue is late January when the mourning doves coo. They are here year round but they only coo when spring starts to come Smiling

I wonder if what you call May flowers are what we call May apples? Hank and I were just talking about those this morning. I was telling him I want to hike up our mountain in a section that has no trail and it's very steep. I told him I wanted to do it before the foliage all comes out and uh, before the snakes wake up Whistling

Thank you for the wonderful visit to your lovely childhood home. And whenever you decide to hike up and see Abraham, give me a holler and I'll go with you Thumbs up Between the two of us, we might make it to the top Rolling on the floor laughing

vic
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art
Imagenap
Mar 20, 2011 6:10 AM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
A beautiful story.

At a time when we need to be reminded that the world does rejuvenate itself, and dead things can come alive again, your memories of an innocent time of life and the happiness of rejuvenation are just what the doctor ordered. There is Hope, and Life does go on. And little girls can still be joyful over simple discoveries

Yup, just what the doctor ordered. . Group hug
ImageToniLeland
Mar 20, 2011 7:17 AM CST
Name: Toni Leland
Connecticut Shoreline
I'm with Nap!

The news, Facebook, Twitter, everywhere you look–ugly and unhappy. This snug little writing corner of the world is the perfect place to rejuvenate.

Beautiful story, Sharran.
Equestrian fiction, YA contemporary, Paranormal Romance, and more
http://www.tonileland.com
Bubbles
Mar 20, 2011 9:07 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
Such a sweet remembrance. You're a good story teller. Makes me wish we could go back in time, just for a day. My cousins and I would walk the beach and pretend we were tourists. We couldn't wait to grow up and grow away....and then we did.
Love spring! It's like getting "do-overs!"
ImageSharon
Mar 20, 2011 9:28 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I have a 6 year old grandson and sometimes his words remind me of the ways in which I learned things. I never saw the ocean until I was about 12 and we vacationed in Myrtle Beach. Ninna went with us. When we arrived, after spending some time with family friends in NC, Vic...Ninna and i were walking along the beach just before dark. I remember asking her: "Ninna, where does all this water come from?"

I was overwhelmed with all the water, it seemed so endless. And Ninna said, "Do you remember Abraham?"

So Ninna, a woman who had never seen the ocean either, with those simple words, allowed my mind to tie it all together. Abraham's pool was one of the sources of the KY River, then to the Ohio...and on and on, until finally it arrived at the ocean. I think at that moment I realized that we were all connected in some way and dependent on the lowliest creatures for our survival. It was one of those Ah ha moments.

Of course it was too big a lesson to be grasped all at once. But Abraham the water dog was like the canary miners used to use to make sure the air in a mine was not contaminated. Our drinking water came from from that same mountain. As long as Abraham was alive and well, our water was good to drink. And if we followed that mountain stream, we could go anywhere.

Nature is the best teacher, it always has been.

Thanks for reading the article, Ladies.

Sometime in early June, Vic...you will find me on top of that mountain.
ImageSharon
Mar 20, 2011 10:10 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Oh and Vic, mayflowers/may apples...probably one and the same.

I tried to find a photo of what I'm talking about, but I was there too late last year to find them in bloom. But my guess is that they are the same flower.

And Toni, yes, this is my favorite writing corner.
I'm glad you're here with me.

Nap, get your climbing boots ready. One of these days I might just take you with me right up to the top of that mountain.

Thanks, Sandi! We grew up, grew away, and came full circle. Now we want to go back again.
ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 20, 2011 10:16 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Thank you for the wonderful story. I, too, get a little perplexed at all the technology we have now.

Yesterday, we had our big notice that Spring had arrived. For weeks we had been watching the ice in the lake and it didn't seem to be going away. Yesterday there was a brisk wind and we could see water along the shore, maybe 10 feet out but still, the rest of the lake had a sheet of ice.

The lake turned over during the night and this morning the lake was like glass (no wind) and there was no ice to be seen. Every year when the lake turns over, it happens differently. Last year we had a very cold winter with way too much snow. Suddenly it turned warm; it was almost like we had no Spring. The ice in the lake groaned (yes, it can have a voice). But this year there was no voice. It happened overnight.

Now to quit putting off starting my seeds.
Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
Imagethreegardeners
Mar 20, 2011 10:41 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
Wonderful article Sharon! Lovey dubby

Are these your Mayflowers?

Thumb of 2011-03-20/threegardeners/ab3369
ImageSharon
Mar 20, 2011 10:43 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
What a neat story about the lake, Arlene. I didn't know about that. Our lakes are so huge they rarely if ever freeze over. There might be ice along the edges, but not often in the middle.

Thanks for sharing that with us.
ImageSharon
Mar 20, 2011 10:52 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Not exactly, Lee Anne....we called them mayflowers but they were also called mayapples. They produce a little round fruit below the umbrella leaves.

I found these pictures in Wikimedia...Creative Commons license so it's OK to show them here...

Thumb of 2011-03-20/Sharran/5516ff

Thumb of 2011-03-20/Sharran/91934f

Imagethreegardeners
Mar 20, 2011 10:54 AM CST
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Ontario, Canada
Perpetually happy!
ohhhh...those ones!
*Blush*
I used to have a patch in my garden but Mom eradicated them...
Imagevic
Mar 20, 2011 10:57 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Oh Lee Anne, those are beautiful!

Sharon, your photo is what our May apples look like.

Arlene, what a beautiful story and I remember being on Lake Michigan when it was talking. Scared me too Hilarious!
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ImageSharon
Mar 20, 2011 11:05 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I like Lee Anne's too!
ImageTwinLakesChef
Mar 20, 2011 11:17 AM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
Zone 4B
Pretty flowers, Lee Anne.
I thought may apples came off a tree.

Thanks, Sharran.
You also have a warmer climate than we do so perhaps that contributes to the lake not freezing.

Twin Lakes was formed naturally by melting glaciers (thus, a very jagged shoreline) as opposed to a lake formed by soil erosion (which forms a more even smooth shoreline).

Because it was formed naturally by the glacial water, it has it's own specific ecology. It's always changing and different from year to year. It has natural springs that feed it which are warm. So snowmobilers and ice fishermen stay away from those areas as the ice may not be safe.

Yum Yum Divas ~ ~ "Most recipes are not invention . . . but evolutions"
ImageSharon
Mar 20, 2011 11:24 AM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I just looked at your zone, Arlene.

Marched myself to my closet and found a lightweight coat. It's in the washer now, I'm thinking I might not store my winter clothes just yet. I guess I shouldn't mention that it's in the 70's today and I ventured out in a thin scoop necked T-shirt earlier this morning. Got a little sun on my light-ish arms.

Nah, I won't mention that.

On the other hand, we have had frost in early April, so you just never know.

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