Thursday, January 30, 2014

Two Rules

Number One:
When visiting the patriarchal uncle in lets say some place warm like the edge of the everglades in southern Florida,

Listen Intently.
His stories are the roots of a family he loves.

Watch his eyes light up when he speaks of his beloved wife now passed.
Or when he recounts the memories of a career he was so proud of. 
Listen some more.
Ask questions. Let him speak.
It will do all of us a world of good.
He is one of the last to know so much of the family lore.

Number Two:
Do not stop your car on the side of the road to get these kind of photos.

A guard rail is not much of a barrier.

Yes, Follow the Rules.


Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

You are BRAVE! that's scary! how close were you?

TexWisGirl said...

loved the first one. :) the second? well...

Sue Speechley said...

I love to listen to old tales, if only they would write those memories down so they can be passed on. Will we, I doubt it, though blogging is one way of preserving some memories. Alligators...... you're mad!!

Lynne said...

Two good rules!
Happy you were listening in #1.
Hope you didn't fall over the guard rail in #2.

Nellie said...

Excellent rules to follow, for very different reasons!

Dianna said...

Your advice is great about learning all we can from our elders. I did some of that, but not nearly enough..
(Thanks for visiting and commenting!)

Cathy H. said...

Family stories...priceless. I wish we'd asked for more stories from family members. Alligators...scary!
I love the tree in the second photo! Amazing!

Nancy Claeys said...

Wonderful you were able to sit for awhile and hear some stories from your sweet uncle... priceless.

And rules were sometimes just meant to be broken! :)