Thursday, February 19, 2009

Flashbacks (Or, A-Okay)


So I tried my luck job hunting in the city. Now we wait. I high-tailed it back to Freeman House yesterday and was relieved to find everything here is fine.

That can't be said, of course, for the home that belonged to my neighbor, Betty. Her house is a charred shell, with twisted metal and smooty brick chimneys exposed. I felt guilty for staring at it. The carnage reminded me, oddly, of my first years as a reporter when a girl named Beverly Rose was pulled from a stream, naked and murdered. I was riding with Sheriff's deputies when they found her and witnessed it all. I'm not sure why I thought of Beverly Rose when looking at that house, but I did. Such beauty, such waste. The one who steals, kills and destroys isn't playing around.

But there's still life, and life to the full. So I picked daffodils and put them on the kitchen counter and stepped back and sighed.

No matter the circumstances, it's always good to come home.

22 comments:

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

I'm so glad Freeman House is alright, maybe you could rent a room out to Betty? Your'e in my prayers, I know you will find a job soon. Hugs!

Sissy said...

Glad the house is ok!

Vee said...

Would you believe that it's always comforting to know that you are home, too? I am so sorry about Betty's home.

Lovely springy photo...

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Kim said...

a. what is in the jar behind the daffodils?
b. love your list from the previous post. i'm living it too, sister. :)

Brin said...

Sue - Would that Freeman House was liveable and I would! This place is still renovation SCARY (holes in floor, rooms without power, etc.) :)

Sissy - Thanks. Me too!

Vee - You're one of my favorites.

Kim - dog biscuits. (This is near the kitchen door and Millie's food bowls are on the floor near here.) And behind that is the KitchenAid. Sorry to hear you're in the same bind. My prayers are with ALL of us. :)

Brin said...

Kim - on second glance, you were probably referring to the jar with my Christmas Glogg. (Duh! Sorry.) If you're curious, search for it using the blank in my sidebar and make your own. Yum!)

Vintage Girl said...

Coming home is the best feeling. I'm sorry to hear about Betty's home, very sad. In all things dreary there is beautiful somewhere and your daffodils prove that, just lovely! Prayers are still stormin' the heavens for you. Blessings, Heather

Elenka said...

There's no place like home. I hope you get a job very soon. So sorry about your neighbors home.

Jackie said...

The Freeman House and your little town sound delightful. I'm sorry about Betty's house and hope everyone is okay. I hope your job search comes to an end very soon.

Mrs Boats said...

I am always impressed with your photography. You have an amazing talent. What am I saying? You have a number of amazing talents!!

Faye said...

SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR NEIGHBORS HOUSE!KEEP YOUR HEAD UP YOU WILL FIND A JOB SOON!I WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU!I LOVE YOUR BLOG!

betty r said...

Oh Brin my thoughts and prayers have been with you..hope all goes well with your job hunting.
Sorry to hear about your neighbors house.
I love the daffodils..around here that is a sure sign of spring!
Take care and blessings..

Evelyn in Canada said...

You are always able to find some beauty and that's a great gift. I'm glad that Freeman House survived. You will too.

Momma Nic said...

Daffodils are wonderful. They don't seem to know or care what's going on around them. For us the Daffodils came up right on schedule, after we lost our home to a flood. They sure do give comfort to keep on going. Take good care of yourself.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Brin, I'm praying you find the right job soon. I haven't posted in a while, but I hope you'll check out my new post. I really feel the Lord led me to write it at this time. Love, V.

FoundProdigalDaughter said...

Amen about coming home...sorry to hear about your friends house. Also, beautiful picture of the daffodils. ***HUGS*** Take care and God bless.

Erin said...

What a beautiful post, I am glad Freeman House is alright. You are a wonderful writer.

Erin

Gwendolyn said...

You've done well on two accounts: for grieving with those who mourn, and for choosing to see life beyond the destruction of this world! So glad to have come across your post today!

Shelley in SC said...

Still praying daily for a job for you. So hard to keep an attitude of expectant, grateful hope . . . I know.

Lulu said...

glad youre home is fine..
Hope you find something soon..
love your flowers...Flowers always brighten your day..
take care,

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