This driveway has always symbolized affirmation in my mind. It is a path that people walk and know who they are because they have walked it for forty years. It leads to the house John grew up in... a home rich in character that is evidenced by Australian art, lots of wine and stories of men that choose to lead a simple life... as well as a few brave women and heaps of children that seemed to be constantly running for Sunday breakfast, Easter Eggs or Christmas presents... or just to gather. Those of us that walk the path know what to expect when we arrive.
The gardens are full of surprises.
Things have stood where they are for a long time. Today I waited in the gardens listening to the birds and remembering the first time I heard their chatter. Seeing things that I have seen but not seen for years. Like these stones. I had to wonder if these stones are an old pile I never saw or a new pile I just discovered by taking the time. I can see why they are piled together as they are special. Who notices a stone these days, I wondered, but I know.
Actually, there were piles of stones everywhere I turned... The thing is that 19 years ago I walked up to this house for the first time full of curiosity and little expectation. I had no idea what a huge part of my life it would become. We sat under this window...at a table that is temporarily moved... and drank wine, ate a lovely meal and listened to jazz music and stories. I think back to that day and imagine a wide eyed girl completely surrendering to a new life that looked very inviting.
Today we were doing the unthinkable. We were preparing the house for sale. As I walked through those gardens counting stones and memories my heart was breaking for those that had grown up in this house. If it means so much to me coming into the picture so late, what could it possibly mean to them? I could hear my kids laughing as their feet pounded up the curving path for all the important special occasions of their life and I can only hope we have enough for them to remember forever how special it was. The drive of affirmation has a new meaning now. It is turning in a new direction, one that is not so sure of step or future. I'll show you the inside later...dashing to the next thing. kathy