Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Lost in the Woods pt 2
Christy and I had grown up in these woods. We used to build forts made from alumnium and old wooden boards; anything we could scrounge up. I remember one time (my older son is standing here, incredulous that Mommy is actually writing again. He wants to tell you guys all about the horror movies he is going to make some day...lol) Anyway, Nanny, Christy and I decided to go walking in the woods and ended up walking almost all the way to town. Grandaddy was not amused. I think we were gone about four hours, but we explored unknown territory that day and trespassed on someone else's property a little too. Grandaddy didn't own all those woods, but he owned a good part. We limped back, muddy as all get out, and scratched up, but smiling as well. It was fun to go walking with Nanny. She was the best grandmother ever.

Fast forward to 2005.... Christy and I had decided to go walking by ourselves and was having a nice relaxing time in the woods. I won't bore you with what we did, but basically we followed the creek until dusk fell. And fall it did. We decided to go back the way we usually went....straight up the ridge. A big mistake. Now a mountain there (or as Grandaddy says, "a big hill") is easy for a kid to climb...it's mostly pine trees, dogwoods, and other small trees, hardly any impediments to climbing. An adult who is out of shape is another matter. We started up the muddy hill full of energy, I was leading the way. Christy warned me not to climb so fast, but I didn't listen. I was having too much fun! I was home in Alabama! Even if it was only for a couple of days.

A forth of the way up, I was breathing rather heavily. The woods weren't as I remembered them being. For one thing, most of the big pines were gone. Grandaddy had it all cut for lumber about seven years ago, so all that had come back were the hardwoods and lots and lots of brambles, or sticker bushes as Nanny calls them. It gets a little darker.

A big boulder up ahead, leaning against a bluff. We decide the easiest way to continue up is to climb the boulder and then step onto the bluff. OK, that was easier than we thought it would be, but by that time it was really getting dark. Now being in the woods after dark without a flashlight is about the dumbest thing anyone can do and we were ahead of the class there. We bumbled through briars, through thickets of small trees, through a muddy stream, up some more of the damned mountain until I couldn't go anymore. I sat there, in the falling darkness, and found myself so happy at being there that I almost cried. I had such a feeling of contentedness. Sitting there on the side of a ridge in Alabama, in my home woods, was the best place I could have been at that moment. I was at peace.
Copyright Dana 2005
1 had something to share

Name: Dana
Location: Chicago, and if y'all call me a Yankee, I'll have to cyber-smack ya'!

I'm just a mom of two, a crafter of jewelry, and to keep my sanity among the Yankees (kidding)I write southern-themed poetry, short stories and memoirs. I have been published on the web on sites such as USA Deep South, Southern Humorists, Muscadine Lines - A Southern Journal, Mosaic Minds and Long Story Short. I am also a contributor in Dew on the Kudzu and Weight-Loss Articles.com where I write dieting humor.

And this is my blog... Kudzu, funny family stories, poems, family ghosts, snakes, sun-kissed southern memories all inside! Plus some travel reviews, recipes and more! I also make handcrafted jewelry! Check out my jewelry blog - Colors of the Woods

View my complete profile

Copyright  2005 Dana Sieben - All Rights Reserved

Creative Commons License
This work is
licensed under a
Creative Commons License.

View my page on Indiepublic
Use one of these buttons
and link to me!

Dana Mosley Sieben

Create your badge
Sign my guestmap!
Free Guestmap from Bravenet.com
Free Guestmap from Bravenet.com
If you'd like to share your thoughts via e-mail, get in touch with me here

imissala's photos More of imissala's photos
Chicago Lampoon

Belmont or Bust

I Was Trailer Trash When Trailer Trash Wasn't Cool

One Day at a Time

The Southern Epicure

Willing Hands (cross-stich blog)

A Tennessee Redneck in King Harald's Court

I am a Supersonic Streak in the Sky!

Becky's Carolina Journal

The Book Bitches

Alabama Kitchen Sink

Herbal Connection

Magnolia Mom

All Things Southern

Too Much Pork

Finding Fair Hope

The Little Things

The Patrick's

Going Places

The Phoenix

Olga's Blog

Leslie's Omnibus

Welcome to Beejland

Web Grits

Amy's Musings

Ruminations and Reflections

The SoapBox

The Martin Family

Travel Activities

Susie Pie

Lisa's Writing Projects

Monica's Thoughts

Bill's Bilge

Pirate Journal

Junkyard Poetry

Road to Writing

What's Up Down South?

Southern Comfort

All Kinds of Writing

Talking to Myself

The Notebored

Dana Reye's Place

Dovely's Days

Musings on Birmingham

Bill Harper's Humorwriter.com

Words to Go With - a Poetry Blog

Your Way Camping

Mushy's Moochings




The Sassy Southerner

Who Links Here

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
"I believe that no matter what you do, no matter how hard you try, you can not baptize cats." - Larry the Cable Guy

A Tennessee man and an Alabama man were both fighting in a war and were captured by the enemy.
"Before we put you to death," said the enemy, "do you have any last requests?"
"Yes," said the Alabaman. "Could you play 'Yeah, Alabama' before you shoot me?"
"Sure," said the enemy. "How about you, Tennessean?"
"Could you shoot me before you play 'Yeah, Alabama?'"

courtesy of 100 Redneck Jokes

Image hosting by Photobucket
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Blogarama - The Blog Directory

blog search directory
Blog Directory & Search engine
Blogwise - blog directory

Writing , songs, humor & cool fun stuff
The Free Directory of Independent Writers and Artists
LitScene.com - The portal for writers and authors

FindingBlog - Blog Directory

TFS 100 TopBlogs

Personal Blogs
Start Blogging

Top100 Bloggers

Top100 Bloggers Webring
Join | Ring Hub | Random | Prev | Next

Listed in LS Blogs

al.com - Alabama Weblogs

Top Personal Blogs
Artwork for banner
supplied by client.
Photographer: Dana

Site Design By:

Powered by Blogger

« chicago blogs »