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Topic: Memory (07/10/08)
TITLE: Magnolia Dreams
By Crystal Consonery
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The darkness, not terrifying but comforting, engulfs me like the feel of a soft blanket on a rainy winter day. Spinning ever so slowly as if running up a spiral staircase around and around with eager anticipation I arrive.
Taking a deep breath I pause as I step into the room. There it is again! The faint scent of magnolia blossoms drift in through the curtains. My heart begins to race as chills travel up and down my spine. The cool breeze crosses my cheeks as my breath catches in my throat. Here I go again! The distant carefree sounds of laughter slowly begin to fill my ears. The tall green blades of grass are once again visible in the corner of my eye.
A feeling of unbridled joy overtakes me. Taking the first few uncertain steps I enter long ago yet familiar surroundings. I have come back to a time of frozen treats, mud pies and lullabies. I have returned to a time when all that matters is racing freely along dirt roads and sharing secrets with friends as we race to catch lighting bugs in a jar.
As the song of the chirping crickets begin to fade I recall a passage from the book of Ecclesiastes, that says “there is a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain”. As I gather myself and shake free of my day dream I realize that my childhood was a time for scattering the stones I now gather upon as an adult. Stones that have molded me into the person I have become. Embracing my life and all that God has given me I joyfully arise and embrace the day. Knowing that when I am in doubt I can always call upon the memories of the stones I cast during my childhood to move me confidently through the day. Stones that taught me how to laugh, love and cry with pride and dignity knowing that with God all things are possible.
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