October 21, 2011

bring me sunshine in a cup…

Its the same place each year – the worn yellowy, beige carpet, the heavy sunstreaked curtains and the cutlery that has been used by the same people over and over searching for their own little spot of tranquility.

We venture up to the rock each year for that photo, a walk that gets easier as the kids grow, less little people to carry, less whiney requests for snacks, less yelling to watch out for other people venturing in the opposite direction. When we got there this year it was a new photo – three for so long was now four. Before there had only been pink and now we added a new colour- a little splash of blue with a very serious face and a refusal to glance our way despite rattles or bells shaken to attract him.

When we looked through the lens of the four that now sat before us we finally saw us looking back – not yours and mine but ours. We sat there for a time, looking out to sea, waiting for the last drops of sunshine to vanish behind the mountain, we listened to the noisy lorikeets sqawk past on their nightly run back to the trees and we forgot every step we ever walked without each other.

Put that sunshine in a cup and place it on the mantle…it will keep me going ’til next year

x

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  1. Sarah
    A love story! real and warm. I love the idea of looking back through the lens of the four.
    Good one, Sarah!

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  2. Lovely. Blues do create their own weather events, but how lovely to have that cup of sunshine for rainy days.
    Love your writing.

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  3. Very sweet! Very calming.

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  4. Lovely story. I love your interpretation of the writing prompt.

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  5. Well done! The mood of this piece was lovely, but what I loved most of all was how you told a number of bigger stories in so few words! The stories of other trips where children needed to be carried, and whine about snacks. The stories of a growing family tradition. The story of a having a boy after having three girls. The story of a blended family which is brought even close by one person who is a blood relation to all the others. There are so many stories here, it was really wonderful to read!

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    • Thank you Sif – what beautiful words…sometimes I worry when I share too much of myself but some things need to be written – thank you for stopping by – Im slowly getting to them all x

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  6. Love this! We all need to find that time dont we.

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  7. Yes, how beautiful.
    So much in so few words said so beautifully.

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    • Thanks Kristy…I always thought that the ‘yours and mine’ aspect of family didnt apply to us and then when we had ‘ours’ it took it all to a whole new level…he is the glue that binds us all – thank you for visiting x

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  8. Awesome writing. I enjoyed reading this!

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  9. Beautiful dense writing, such a big story in a little piece. I like your beginning in beige.

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  10. Like Sif, I loved the way you managed to get so many details in just a few words. And you did it subtly. Impressive writing skill! I think you are a lovely writer and enjoyed reading this piece of your story. I felt like I was reading a published book!

    Gill x

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    • Thanks Gil…that is so lovely of you to say – do you think I could give you a writing prompt one day about the space in between?? I love your site x

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  11. Welcome to the Weekend Rewind.! I love this Sarah! More than a tinge of yellow lol. A very special moment x

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  12. Hi, popped over from the rewind, love your writing…bring on the sunshine 🙂

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  13. Beautiful imagery. A cup of sunshine – how warm and inviting.

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  14. Beautiful story Sarah!
    Visiting from the Rewind.

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  15. Hi Sarah, Visiting from the Rewind. When I saw the link I wondered if this would bring me to a Sunshine in a cup WoW post. And it did! It was lovely to re-read your piece. And in (belated!) answer to your question on my last comment – I would love for you to send over a space in between prompt for us at WoW – if you still have one up you sleeve. Sorry for such a late reply, I wish I had popped back to read you comment earlier!

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