The Death of a Dream

She stood in the grass staring at the tree. Certain the leaves were green just a day ago she was shocked to see the last color of fall playing out in front of her. The cool wind pulled her curls in every direction as she wondered what went wrong.

She looked to the base of the tree where they had recently removed the wrap and poles. The bark was still darker giving evidence of the change. Had it been too early for such a removal? All the other trees on the street were the same age. They had lost their support long ago, and yet remained green. Their dreams of winter were still thriving. What had happened to the blooms, and the leaves, and how far down did this go? She reached out to touch a branch. It was still pliable so she knew it wasn’t too late, but could she save the tree? She considered digging up the pile of mulch. It had grown to a matted mess with the tendrils of grass trying to take over. Maybe she simply needed to put some work into the area around the tree for the tree to know that it could still thrive right where it was.

She looked back up at the branches that reached out to the sky. It was not time for brown on blue. Her inner voice chided her. “This is a sign. A sign that some things were simply never meant to be.” She sighed wondering if that was truth. “No, it’s a sign that some things need more work.” The opposing view from the same source made her laugh. She wondered aloud, “Maybe it is simply a tree that may not survive the spring winds of Oklahoma.”

As she headed to the garage for her gardening tools the inner critic grew quiet. She was preparing to redeem her winter dreams by changing them into a spring reality.

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  1. Wow!!! Great stuff, Stacey. What a joy and a privilege to watch your dreams become a reality!!!

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  2. Awesome! Love the story and the perspective!

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  3. that evoked so many lines of thought-I can't tell you how many. My mind is chasing rabbits right now... thanks!

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  4. Hey Stacey! Visiting from the Better Writer group this morning and loved how you've tackled this challenge. My favorite line? "She was preparing to redeem her winter dreams by changing them into a spring reality." That's beautiful!

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    1. Thanks so much Sarah. That line took a bit of work. :)

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  5. Stacey.....I would really enjoy reading more of "this voice" of yours....it's just incredible....know what I mean? When u write something like this, it's a different style than when u write about daily life. Both r great, but I see real talent with this "voice".....I wonder where God will take u with it ;)

    Xo,
    Patti

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    1. Thanks Patti. I don't know. I guess we'll just wait and see. And for right now it gives a different take on things around here. :D

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  6. I love you... And I'm really proud of you for the new steps you're taking in your writing.

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