A pink cloud in an otherwise ordinary sky
escapes the mundane white on blue,
floating, floating aimlessly by
displaying its gossamer baby pink hue.
A feather drifting softly through space,
a lingering apparition,
floating away to dissipate
and return to imagination.
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Bill and I rode to town this morning for errands. It is a drizzly day today and supposed to be the same tomorrow. But, I almost forgot tomorrow is Independence Day until we crossed the bridge that leads into and out of our nearby downtown.
The U.S. flags were flying gallantly patriotic and stood out, even in the drizzle and even through our never-too-clean, rain spotted windshield.
And then we saw it. A magical hot air balloon! I have always admired them from afar but have never really been close to one.
What a thrill!
Bill parked the car and we were within steps of a mighty colorful hot air balloon! Somehow I caught the fever and excitement. A little crowd of families, young and old were waiting to take a tethered ride.
And although flying balloons of this size were never a part of my July 4th holidays growing up, this one colorful beauty practically screamed, “CELEBRATE! IT’S THE FOURTH OF JULY!”
Surely the enormity, power and grace of a floating giant must symbolize our American concept of freedom as it defies earth’s gravity and soars majestically into the skies.
We didn’t take a balloon ride this time but it’s on my bucket list for an un-tethered experience. For now, it is enough just to have been close.
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!
Posted in Awesome Fotos, Blogging Inspiration, Camera-Walking, Country Fotos, Family, Fourth of July, Holidays, Look at This!, Virginia, Virginia Views | Tagged Celebrate, Fourth of July, freedom, Hot Air Balloons, Independence Day, Lexington, Small Town America, Virginia | 11 Comments »
They say it is simply charming to live “where everybody knows your name.”
My nearby little town of Lexington, Virginia is like that, with one big difference. There is a place in town where names don’t count – only numbers – membership numbers. It’s the Rockbridge Farmers’ Co-op!
We have been gassing up the car at our local Farmer’s Cooperative for years and I actually forgot how to do-it- myself since the Co-Op insists on full service. Now (being spoiled and pampered) I simply pull up to a pump and well – wait. Who could ask for anything more?
And along comes JOBIE, efficiently taking care of things while I wait and daydream, and when all is done, he hands me the receipt. The bill then comes to Bill but to me, the gasoline is always free!
How is that remarkable?
JOBIE KNOWS MY NUMBER.
IT’S A FIVE DIGIT MEMBERSHIP NUMBER.
AND JOBIE KNOWS IT BY HEART
(ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER NUMBERS)!
JOBIE NEVER FORGETS!
Is there something about my face? Is that how he does it?
Does he recognize the peculiar dents and scratches on my car?
Is it the license plate? Naw. That’s another set of numbers.
I asked him how he recalls membership numbers out of the thousands of cars and people who come through. And he simply shrugs and says, “Don’t know…. Just do.”
I am amazed! I have been amazed for all these years and always hatching diabolical plans to mess him up.
Like when Bill and I go away on vacation I figure Jobie will forget the number. “Out of sight, out of mind” doesn’t work though. We can be away for weeks, maybe years. He never forgets.
Lately I have been challenging him by saying, “I’ll bet someone else is getting my gas bill!” And he just smiles. But the truth is he never makes a mistake!
There is real hidden talent in this country and I have told Jobie he should look around for a television show to feature his rare gift. He allowed me to take his picture but I don’t know what t.v. show to send it to. Perhaps you, in cyberspace, will recognize pure genius and suggest a way to put this talent to good use.
I am proud to introduce you to an impressive young fellow – Jobie – a Virginia Numbers Man.
Posted in Country People, Country Thoughts, Friends, Humor, People, Random Impressions, Uncategorized, Virginia | Tagged country people, Country thoughts, Farmers Co-op, Friends, humor, People, rural life, rural Virginia, Small Town America, talent | 28 Comments »
Have you ever heard the song, The Little White Cloud that Cried?
This is the cloud I am sure.
And it brings back embarrassing memories.
I was almost a teenager when that song was a teenage rage, and I saved up and rushed out to buy my first record. Trying to impress some cool teens at school, I told them how much I loved the voice of the girl who sang that song! They laughed and said, “Johnnie Ray is a GUY!”
To this day I still recall the acute embarrassment of not being “with it” or “cool” enough to know such a vitally important fact of life.
And have you ever heard the song, Unchained Melody?
I was a young girl once with a new boyfriend named Bob. We only dated for about two weeks when he moved away. He wrote tear stained letters that made me cry and I wrote emotionally charged letters back. That was before texting, emails, and Skype of course. Bob’s letters were heart-wrenchingly poignant (written in cursive and in ink) and I had no idea the words were not his own. And then I discovered he copied them from a song! AND he wrote the same letters to another girl who was just as smitten. Each stanza was a new letter.
Oh, my love, my darling
I’ve hungered for your touch
A long, lonely time
Time goes by so slowly
And time can do so much
Are you still mine?
I need your love
I need your love
God speed your love to me…
I wonder whatever happened to Bob.
From en.wikipedia.org: “The Little White Cloud that Cried” is a popular song written by Johnnie Ray and published in 1951. The biggest hit version was recorded by Ray and The Four Lads in 1951. It was a #2 hit on the Billboard magazine chart that year and one side of the one of the biggest two-sided hits, as the flip side, “Cry,” reached #1 on the Billboard chart.
From en.wikipedia.org : “Unchained Melody” is a 1955 song with music by Alex north and lyrics by Hy Zaret. North used the music as a theme for the little known prison film Unchained, hence the name… since become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, by some estimates having spawned over 500 versions in hundreds of different languages.
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It was another drizzly day, with darkened skies and looming clouds obliterating Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. And then I felt the sun’s return and was forced by some inner prompt to look out the window.
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I am beyond excited!
Bill and I were on our road home tonight when we saw a doe and her spotted baby.
“Oh look”, I said, “There is the Mama deer and her little one we have seen lately in the neighborhood.” I always wished I could get a photograph but Virginia doe and their fawns are often very elusive.
“No! Look! There are TWO!” I cried, “And they are TWINS and they are feeding!”
Bill stopped the car and I held my breath.
The Mama deer looked right at us as if to say, “I CAN’T MOVE NOW. DON’T YOU SEE THESE KIDS ARE HUNGRY?”
And there she stayed for several minutes, just long enough for me to take out the camera and try to get a shot.
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