“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Our Mantel all dressed for the holidays...


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Flash Fiction 55 below my....



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Bud made this for me with the jigsaw. Here is a post from the past showing him cutting the word "Believe" for me.



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FLASH FICTION 55


ON CHRISTMAS EVE 2009.....


old woman Pictures, Images and Photos

Her age-worn hand on her chin
Gazing out the window.
A single tear fell to her lap.
Through the doorway I watched in silence...
"What far away thoughts lay in her mind?"

A girl, a wife, a mother, a grandmother...
Ten decades passed so quickly---
Time took its toll.
Christmas Eve, she passed away. Alone.




Photo courtesy of Photobucket "Old Woman" Search. Linked

37 comments :

  1. How fantastic that is Anni. Your husband is very good with the jigsaw. Happy Holidays to you!

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  2. What a charming " Beleive" sign! Both of you are so talented! I adore the snow on the top of the letters!
    I have a " Believe" sign in my Den but mine is store bought and no where near as sweet as yours!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Hugs,
    Debbie @ A Debbie-Dabble Christmas

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  3. Love what your husband made for you,,,, you always decorate up beautifully -- a pleasure to see what you have done,

    oh yes your poem is tender & poignant -- I don't think anyone should die alone, the reality is they do all creatures great & small I would like to believe that there are some 'invisible' helpers or some say angels waiting there in the room to take their hand.

    warm wishes,
    joanny

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  4. This is why, though I exercise, I eat all wrong and don't care. I don't WANT to live to be 100!

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  5. Anni, I absolutely love the 'Believe!' sign that your husband made! I love that it was made with his own hands and every time you look at it, you can remember his love! How great! My husband is quite handy with wood working...I will have to show him this!! I love your photo above to and the poem of the 'Old Woman.' Time does pass so quickly...I seem keenly aware of that every day that I look at my growing chidren! Thank you! Christie

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  6. Your mantel looks lovely. Very nice job on the Believe. I also love your template design. Thanks for stopping by.
    Sherry

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  7. Too many pass away alone. pensive 55.

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  8. oh man...so sad...to give one self away (i can assume by parent, granparent) and die alone...ack....

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  9. I LOVE your BELIEVE....just perfect for your pretty mantel.
    xo bj

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  10. Love the sign!! Great job by both of you! I always say, if you don't Believe, it won't happen! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Anni
    What a beautiful mantel arrangement!!! Bud is very talented. Your Flash Fiction 55 is amazing. How did you come up with that concept?

    I always smile when I go somewhere with a 'no pets allowed' sign...'cause like you say the furbabies go everywhere.
    Happy Weekend,
    Madi and Mom

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  12. You and Bud did a great job on that Believe!

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  13. I see you are a red and green gal like me! Your mantel is very Christmasy and the sign is adorable. Thanks for visiting me too!

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  14. I don't know what it is, but there is just something about words and letters! And when you can make and paint them youself...Even Better! Your mantle is beautiful! I'm still working on mine. But it's getting there.
    Have a BLESSED weekend!

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  15. Okay! Pass the tissues cuz I need a ton! This 55 was too sad, Anni!

    Bud did a beautiful job - no pun intended! That's lovely!

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  16. What a beautiful decoration on your mantle piece ! But your flash fiction is rather sad !

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  17. Ohhh, Annie, that was a sweet decoration! Thanks for sharing. Also, thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Loved having you visit. Come back soon! Susan

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  18. Ohhh that's great! I love the Santa squished in there!
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting, I truly appreciate all the feedback I get ;)
    ps. I have a jigsaw, but I tell you, mine wouldn't turn out so great!!

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  19. Sometimes I know how exactly how she feels.the last decades are just a blur of images and sensory overload, and the first ones like picture books bright in primary colors, pages turned til they all have worn corners. I love the photo, the poem, and your Christmas centerpiece. (Mine says Peace.) Great 55 and thanks for coming by my place.

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  20. Very nice and I love your Christmas blog.
    Cheers!
    Rita
    @MAY DAYS

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  21. Powerful write. Sad but lovely writing.

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  22. This is why it's such a travesty to outlive your children and so sad to have never had any.

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  23. what a sad and heartfelt poem and the believe sign is so beautiful

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  24. What a pretty mantel! Great job on the "Believe".

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  25. It's too bad that we don't honor and revere our elders, as they did in ancient cultures.

    Nice 55, Anni!

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  26. That is so sad. But a great 55. We must remember our elders.

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  27. Anni, I Love, love, love your cut out believe, it is beautiful and so is your mantel

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  28. Bud did a great job with cutting that out.
    I loved the poem also
    You really do come up with some great things.
    Have a great day

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  29. Anni...
    100 years?
    It's time to go!!
    What a great 55 you have here.
    Thank you for this very reflective and sad post. You Rock Baby...Have a Kick Ass Week-End...G

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  30. That's so sad. It must be terrible to die alone.

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  31. oh such a lonely 55. i wonder what stories she had to tell.

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  32. This is such a sad 55. You've really tugged at my heart strings.

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  33. Sad tale ! But sadder is the fact that so amny of them die alone ..

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  34. I love your mantle!

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  35. Aww.. how sweet of your hubby to do that!! I soooo love jigsaws myself...

    And your poem here.. phheeww!! Sad, but so darned beautiful! It's so depressing when lives end that way...

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  36. lovely 55.
    love your plot.

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  37. Glad to Land at your fantastic poetry land today,
    How are you?

    Love your poetry talent, Please join us at Jingle Poetry Monday potluck today,
    First time participants can link in 1 to 3 old poems, poems unrelated to our theme are welcome!

    Happy Tuesday/Wednesday!
    Hope to see you in.
    xxx

    signed in to follow your blog,
    welcome following us back.
    welcome writing for our prompt.

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