at paths end

will you continue the walk with me underneath the oaks?
down the worn stones from the front door to the car
carrying her life packed in large cardboard boxes
excitement and promise
sealed with tape
walk
the Ruella that line the way bloom
during the hottest days of a Texas summer

mexican petunia
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and like a group of well wishers they display my feelings...
happy to see her begin her senior year at college
sad to see her leave the summer behind
bothdone

42 comments:

Lucy Corrander said...

A bit close to the bone this.

But lovely pictures.

And text that will probably affect a lot of us.

Joan Elizabeth said...

That path looks very inviting to return back along after the semester is done.

Peaches said...

Senior year...that's heavy.

Joei - Alvond said...

A beautiful little flowers along the path way is a very nice view to see,

I always love your post ELK.
have a nice day!

_alvond

Kris said...

THose flowers are gorgeous!

Marcie said...

So hard - always - to let them go. Senior year is definitely a BIG one. Lovely series of images!!!

*jean* said...

ooo i just watched my baby go away to camp by himself for the first time...does it get any easier???

those flowers are beautiful...i'm jealous...

Mrs. E said...

Ah, such a bittersweet time! And what a beautiful way to say it in words and in photos!

margieandkath said...

mrs. e says it so well, bittersweet. but off they must go. my al is chomping at the bit to get back to school, to his own life and independence.

beth said...

those children...our heartstrings.....

and the best of luck to her :)

love the new banner !!

Christina said...

Oh this tugs at my heart. May she walk that same path, right into your arms, when thanksgiving arrives. Even for a small visit. : )
xo

MedaM said...

Oh, I love this post and your words. What a lovely part and flowers!

Meri said...

Wishing her a path through life as beautiful as this one.

Char said...

I know, it is that time of year when we all get a bit sad. my oldest niece starts school today.

apriliniowa said...

I cried and cried when my son started kindergarten. I can't imagine college quite yet. But I'm sure your daughter is thrilled to leave the nest again.
And I love that flower. I had imagined it was white but the purple/periwinkle color is even better.

Ashley said...

Lovely post, I understand the bitter-sweetness of an event like this.

beth said...

beautiful, sadly sweet, but so true!

Sharon said...

Oh what a beautiful path!

Gayle at Planet M Files said...

I'm sending hugs through the internet to you, elk.

Betsy said...

bitter-sweet for sure!

mominjamaica said...

Ah Elk,

We walk the path together as our children share their senior year together as friends. You and I will walk slowly and quietly along the path together behind them as they embrace hello at the end of the path and after the long summer and we will wave goodbye to them together arm in arm.

elk said...

yes my friend we will...arm in arm across the sea!

thank you for all the sweet comments this day...it lifts me up...I really am excited for her, she is so happy and that is what we raise them to do ....fly!

maccandace said...

Wow, another milestone in both your lives. Exciting yet sad, life goes on. Enjoyed seeing the b/w photo from the other day in living color, very pretty.

patty said...

awww- do you live in tx?! i used to live in tx, the hill country. i can't believe you have anything that green there at this time of the year! love the photos, and thanks for the comments. quite a compliment coming from you!! and i like the change in your banner. the leaf is awesome. :)

deb said...

and what a path , it feels like a retreat and a beckoning. I suppose that is the heart of a mom.
Thinking of you at this place.

antlersgray said...

I love you, Mom.

ols1 said...

So sad - but so exciting - sigh - the irony of life. Beautiful flowers and beautiful words - I wish her good luck.

Joei - Alvond said...

Hi ELK,
you have an award and please get it from
http://my-days-and-night.blogspot.com/2009/08/award-time.html

I hope you'll like it
You deserve it.

-alvond

Studio Sylvia said...

Those words remind me of the time my son & daughter left home within months of each other. There was no end of semester for a return, as they both married wonderful partners.

Tracy said...

*sigh*...I love a good walk...thank you for this lovely one, Elk :o)

smith kaich jones said...

Will you continue the walk with me? Oh, this must be hard. I have no children, can't imagine how hard, but I almost cried at just those words. I've said before, and will say again, how amazing it is that you convey so much with just a few lines, and photographs. Such tenderness here, and such pride.

:) Debi

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

What a beautiful post, love the path, like the journey you are taking, and your daughter's as well...

elizabeth said...

bittersweet.

a beautiful path to return to.

Judy said...

Oh boy, can I relate to these words. Beautiful post Elk.

kerin rose said...

thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog, so I can trackback to here..what a lovely blog!...such beautiful photos and intriguing text!....


namaste!
Kerin

sherri said...

I have some of the purple flowering plant. They were in the garden when we moved here and come back every year. It spreads, it grows up to about 5 feet tall, gets flowers in the morning like a morning glory. Is it a hybrid morning glory? I like your path.

Kimmie said...

Senior year - it's been a long haul! I wish her (and you) the best with parting and coming together again and many stories to share in between ....

elk said...

i feel the support from all of you and remain so filled with gratitude for this community of blog friends.

robinbird said...

so beautifully expressed, the letting go and the filling up. i do know a little bit how it feels dear friend and will most definitely accompany you on that walk and back again to the table by the window.
xo

spread your wings said...

this is a big year for you isn't it? highschool senior and college senior - that's got to be tough on you, exciting for both of them.
i wish you all the best in this coming school year.

Jean M Fogle said...

Having your children leave for college is bittersweet. Bitter to see them ready to fly on their own , sweet to know that they are ready and able to do so.
Birds always return to where they nested , and children do so as well.

SE'LAH... said...

the ruella brings back the sweetest of memories of hot tropical days.

that path is so inviting.