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A Bouquet for Transitions

Like the mountain, I am in transition.

I feel the season changing, and my small wanderings are changing too. Soon I’ll be taking on some new work—work that I love—but with that shift will come a new layer of challenges to be faced, knots to untangle, people to become connected with, and places to inhabit.

Some of the people I love most are in transition. My son and his wife have a new baby. My mother is working through some health issues. We all continue to grow and become and re-become.

What else is there to do but walk on the land, sending out gratitude—for the rain, the green, the deer startled up the mountain—and ask for the blessing of all things.

Snakeroot and red stonecrop bouquet
Snakeroot and red stonecrop bouquet

So I gathered a bouquet of white snakeroot—wild, of course—and some red stonecrop—domestic, but whose ancestors were wild—along with an absolutely perfect and empty neohelix shell.

Snail shell and autumn leaves
Snail shell and autumn leaves

Can I call them transition gifts? That’s what’s on my mind, so I shall.

One of my old poems arrived in my space today; I think it’s a transition gift as well. You can read it below, if you’re interested in adding a little poem to your day’s collection of thoughts and reflections.

Read the poem (opens in a new window): Toward Stars

I considered gathering these pretty galinsoga flowers and greens to add to my salad, but I didn’t bring my foraging bucket, so instead I took this photograph. Next time, perhaps.

Galinsoga
Galinsoga

4 comments on “A Bouquet for Transitions

  1. “What else is there to do but walk on the land, sending out gratitude—for the rain, the green, the deer startled up the mountain—and ask for the blessing of all things.” Yes, thank you.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      It is good to offer thanks and be blessed (and re-blessed), isn’t it?

  2. Your post reads like a quiet meditation.

    • Lisa Creech Bledsoe

      Thank you, Susanna. Sometimes writing about my little hikes is a part of my meditations as much as the woods walk itself is. 💚

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