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AROUND THE BEND

Around the Bend 

I’ve lived in Nebraska, driven though Kansas, and soared over the desert in a plane.

Yet, my parents were born and raised in the hills of West Virginia and I live in a valley surrounded by the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Of the two landscapes, I prefer to live near land that rises, sloping up from the depths of the lake, climbing to the clouds. I want to round the bends.

The Hills of West Virginia

When we traveled as youngsters with my father and mother, driving from the Midwest back to the Appalachians, the roads close to home were winding, curving, and looping. They curled around on each other so much my father would joke, “These roads are so winding, we’ll probably meet ourselves coming around the other side.” All these years later, I still say that to whomever is riding in the car with me on a curvy road. Then I smile.

The mystery of the curves and the bends are the best part of driving on a mountain road. Perhaps there will be a little stream, rippling down the hillside, cascading over rocks, tumbling under a bridge. Maybe we’ll see eons, layered in exposed sandstone, proof of time gone by. If we’re lucky, the tree line will thin, allowing a glimpse of the valley below and the next rise in the distance.

Right now, I feel as if I am on a journey, of sorts. As I began my path of writing over one year ago, I was on the plains, able to see my life’s path, no matter which way I turned. Now as I’ve traveled to the peak, and completed my first novel, I’m ready to explore the other mountains in the distance. While each road to the next crest is different, the journey excites me. My novels are places waiting to be discovered – sometimes I don’t know what lies around the bend. I plot and map, hoping to make the journey a tad less treacherous, but it is a path from which I can not veer.

I don’t know how my journey will end, but I surely love the thrill of discovering what is around each bend. 


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kellyrfineman
Jun. 5th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
What an inspirational, lyrical post!
marjorielight
Jun. 5th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
That truly means so much coming from you, Kelly! :-)
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