Not Quite Out of the Woods

Flying free in the woods is much more felicitous than being shrink-wrapped in the supermarket.

FUNNY HOW WE SPEAK OF SOMEONE being “out of the woods” as a sign that they are out of danger from a health crisis and yet when I see the wild turkeys so at ease in the woods on this Sunday before Thanksgiving, and I consider my own ease there as well, it is clear that for the turkey to be shrink-wrapped in a supermarket refrigerated case or me sky-dropped into a concrete canyon, to be “out of the woods” would be lethal for the turkeys and uncomfortable for me.

Thank you for the comfort of your words and prayers for my sister. She has just been moved down a notch from intensive care. There has been brain surgery to relieve pressure from swelling in the unforgiving skull.  There have been seizures. One day we conversed on the phone and the next she could not speak at all, and all the faces she beheld were as if they were strangers rather than her own good sons. During the past sixty hours, her ability to speak, to read, to think and to remember her loved ones and friends, has returned. The joy I felt upon hearing her slightly creaky voice, sometimes reaching for a word or phrase, is quite indescribable.

Buck and I talked once about creating video conversational interviews of one another to preserve the essence of light in the eye, timbre of the voice, body language and the je ne sais quoi that makes us us. We really need to do this for each other, against the day.

We walked the woods today. It was warm in the sunshine and a tad chilly in the shade, the sky electric blue. I hope you enjoy this little slideshow of our walk.

9 thoughts on “Not Quite Out of the Woods

  1. Hi Beth, I haven’t commented here in a while but I just wanted you to know I didn’t stop reading either or wishing for your sister’s complete recovery. It’s great to hear she’s made some improvement. Video conversation/interview seems a wonderful idea for everyone and often we don’t think to create such things until those priceless moments have passed. Love seeing your photos of the turkeys and beyond as always.

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    1. Thank you, Susan — best wishes to you and all-grown-up Stella in your new home. She is developing serious dog “gravitas,” judging from the latest photo at Carny Dog.

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  2. Beth,
    Your post gives me goosebumps. You are a woman of such strength. I am awed at the beauty you see in the world, and the resonating way you can communicate deeply difficult moments. Wishing you and your family a very special Thanksgiving.

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