What happened in the middle

I’m happy for November because it’s the one year anniversary since I started writing again. It’s not what I’m writing that makes me happy, but the fact I’m doing it, and it’s changed the way I look at life.

Last year I was really down, and it was my wife Dawn who recommended I start blogging. In December, we spent a couple weeks in Germany, and it was during an early morning walk there I got inspired to write again.

I made my way into the darkness of a small, German village, crossed a bridge over a river, and crept along the rail-lines to a cut-out in a stone wall leading up through a vineyard.

I remembered the route from when we lived there, before: the Romans taught the Germans how to grow grapes for wine, to plant them in these steep hillsides. The steps are irregular and wind to the top of a hillside and vista, overlooking the village.

From the vista, I can look down and see my mom’s house, the individual windows on each floor, about the size of my thumb from the hill. And when I’m there in her house, I can see the hillside and imagine myself up there, looking back.

That first day, the morning sky went from black to purple, and a train cut through the tunnel below: it made a low, metallic sound like a slow-motion saber cutting through the air, cutting through the valley and slopes, coming to a stop, then pulling forward again.

There are times something happens to you that you can’t describe or understand, but you feel it on a level that makes you feel wondrous and alive…alive with possibility, inspiration, and love. Those times for me are rare.

I don’t know what’s going to happen at the end, and I can’t remember the beginning. Everything else is in the middle…life is right here on days you’d otherwise forget.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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13 Responses to What happened in the middle

  1. Welcome back to the blogging world! Happy that you found inspiration and courage to start writing again 😀

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  2. alesiablogs says:

    Living in Germany was always wonderful to me. I found a love there like no other. Inspirational to read your post this am. Alesia

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  3. Elyse says:

    Whatever the reason that gets us back into writing, I’m all for it.

    I spent 5 years in Switzerland enjoying the products of those same Romans. God, I miss Europe!

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  4. ksbeth says:

    i’m happy for you to feel a moment like that, and glad you found your way back to writing )

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  5. Glynis Jolly says:

    What a provoking piece. I could see it as I read it.

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  6. Few people are “happy for it to be November” so this is a great upper for you and well worth commemorating. Keep the second cycle fresh — try drinking apple cider!

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