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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: An early moment of Joy
By Martin Strom
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Adam blinked a few times then jumped up and gave chase. He burst through the foliage following the faint giggles she left behind. He found her standing by the edge of a large pool, a waterfall tumbling in the background. She turned to face him and smiled a beautiful smile full of playful joy, and then she dove in. Adam stood there with an open mouthed grin. She was so beautiful and strange and wonderful. “What is she Father?”
“She is bone of your bone and flesh of your flesh” came the reply on the wind.
He watched her long sleek body swimming beneath the crystal clear water. As she resurfaced she looked back at him. Then she slowly paddled back towards him keeping her eyes just above the water, staring at him. Adams heart beat faster as she came up out of the water and stood there before him. Neither spoke, they just looked at one another. Then she took his hand and led him to the grassy clearing overlooking the waterfall. There they sat and Adam felt so aware of her body next to his.
“Do you like me?” she asked, her voice quiet and soft and lilting.
Adams eyes widened in surprise at the question “Yes I do. You are very beautiful.”
She smiled as she plucked a flower from the grass and gave him a sideways look.
“Do you like me?” he asked with a little quaver to his voice.
“Yes of course” she smiled at him then shyly lowered her eyes from his gaze.
They watched as animals came to drink at the pool. She was curious about all things. “Tomorrow I will show you my garden” said Adam excited at the thought of sharing it with her.
They picked and ate some fruit that hung low enough for them to reach without standing, and they sat there and talked for hours. They grew more comfortable with each other and the girl leaned up against Adam and laid her head on his shoulder and he put his arm around her and touched her soft silk hair. They watched as the sun began to set behind the hills in beautiful pink and purple hues. The waterfall sparkled in the last rays of golden sunlight as the blue shadows of the hills leaned in towards them. And still they sat as the darkness deepened and the stars began to appear. Neither of them wished to move and break this perfect moment. Eventually they curled up together and slept under a blanket of stars.
They awoke to a glorious sunrise and the sound of a million birds singing praise to the Creator of the new day. And they joined with the birds, raising their hands and loudly singing their praise to God. Then filled with joy they ran hand and hand through the garden singing and laughing until they were nearly out of breath. Then they walked in the freshness of the morning air listening to the sounds of the garden awakening. Misty beams of sunlight filtered through the tree tops to dapple the ground around them.
Adam turned to this beautiful girl with him, and taking her hands in his he looked deeply into her eyes and full of emotion that just had to be expressed he said “I love you.” And she smiled and said “I love you too”.
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