Tuesday, January 25, 2011

An Old Cold Rain

Rain has been falling since before daybreak. The first thing I heard this morning was the wind tinkling our wind chimes, and rain falling on the tin roof. 
I started the coffee and then put on my fleece vest to go down to fetch the morning papers. The thirty year old Christmas tree we planted in our yard had a rain-tear hanging from one of its needles. I took a mental picture and then walked on.
Afterwards I went out to feed the chickens. They're always standing at the fence looking toward the house like anxious passengers waiting for a late train. 
As I poured cracked corn in their feeders, one of the chickens pecked at the indigo colored stone in my college class ring.
I've worn the ring for years, but it's been a long time since I've really looked at it. It's a beautiful ring and it holds special meaning to me. You see, it took me a while to get my degrees. 
I went to college out of high school, but then  life got complicated. I had to get a job to buy a car, and then I was drafted into the Army. I knew I wanted, and needed an education, but it would have to wait.
After I did my time in the service, I did go to school on and off through the years. I got my two-year associates degree, then I went on for my Bachelor's and finally got my Master's degree a mere 29 years later. 
When I graduated, Jilda and a bunch of my friends went together and bought my class ring which cost about as much as a new Toyota. We had a celebration and I choked up when I tried to say thank you.
All of this flooded through my mind as I stood in the rain tending chickens. I am constantly amazed by what triggers memory. I'm also reminded that life is a gift and I don't ever want to forget that. 
I'm thankful that our little hen reminded me.


  1. Beautifully written - what a lovely memory.
    Yet another bonus of having chickens! I love the peaceful murmur/cluck they make.

  2. Good reading - and another thing we have in common - loooong educational endeavors. For me it was not the army, but rather a series of "threes" - 3 children, keeping a 3 bedroom house, cooking 3 meals a day (yes, 7 days a week) and on and on... I did eventually get a BA and a masters, but I was not a spring chicken when I finally achieved it.

    Glad your chickens know a friend when they peck one. Good stuff. ...Marsha

  3. Awww yay for your gorgeous lovely chickens and your wonderful christmas tree!!! Thirty years old! Brilliant!!!

    What a lovely memory to share!! Thank you! Take care

  4. This wonderfully written post almost put me there. Aren't memories fickle?! Thanks for sharing, especially the tree tear :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  5. I love the sound of rain.

  6. Thanks y'all. I love it when something triggers a memory so that I have something to write about.

  7. I can so relate to memories from something so simple. I've got a million of them and I'm so thankful for every single one. A simple peck on your ring....love it.


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