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The Perfect Resting Place

~Photo by Papa Bear~
 
Seth and Ariel had been best friends since childhood. They married young and raised three children who had grown up to be kind and caring like their parents.  Last year Seth and Ariel celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary.  
 
Over the years Seth had given Ariel many beautiful gifts, but the ones she treasured most were the hearts he found for her.  Among them were heart-shaped rocks, heart-shaped leaves, heart-shaped seashells, and even heart-shaped scraps of paper on which he had scribbled love notes. 
 
It was only fitting then, when a sudden illness took her from him, that he buried her ashes next to the heart-shaped tree stump they'd recently discovered when walking in the woods behind their home.
 
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I'm linking up with  Six Sentence Stories
where the cue this week is "TRUNK"

25 comments:

  1. OHHHHHH..... how lovely....Josie , its good to see you here!!!! YOU are out fearless leader!

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    1. I came back to reread this... Where did Papa find that photo opportunity?

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    2. Thanks Ivy! I've missed being here too much, though the break was good. I am going to be around, but on a more limited basis, at least until we can get more staff hired and trained at work, it's been pretty exhausting.

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    3. Papa Bear found the little heart-shaped stump of the tree trunk among some trees on the banks of the Paluxy River where we were staying in a cabin for his birthday a few years back. He took the photo for me. He has a great eye for details, I probably would have walked right over it and never noticed it! I would have liked to have this tree trunk that was cut down, could have sliced it into lovely gifts! :-)

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    1. Thank you, Mimi. Yes, it is sad, as is the story of all partings, but it also speaks to the love they shared as exemplified by the precious gifts he gave her, more valuable by far than what could be purchased at the store. :-)

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  3. How sad, yet beautiful. Is it a true story?

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    1. Thank you! No, not a true story, though it is true that Papa Bear finds hearts for me... he makes them in the snow and in the sand at the beach, and he found this one and captured it in a photo for me. It is the little things, the caring gestures that matter most!

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  4. How beautifully you have written this story of enduring love Josie. May Papa Bear find many more hearts for you.

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    1. Why thank you Old Egg! Papa Bear holds my heart and I hold his, how blessed we are to have these years with each other!

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  5. This is just lovely, Josie! Sadly sweet.

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    1. Thank you Dyanne! Just a simple little love story with an ending befitting what they shared. I wish that everyone could experience this kind of love, it's beyond magical, it's more than I ever thought love could be!

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  6. Beautiful story. I too love hearts and things heart shaped. How nice you have such a photo. How nice of Papa Bear to do that for you.

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    1. Thank you! It is such a beautiful photo I think, a natural heart, not something man-made. Papa Bear is the best!

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  7. Oh, how sad, and how sweet, too!

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    1. I can only begin to guess how hard it is to lose the love of your life like this, and yet most of us will face this someday. I believe though that bonds created by love are eternal, time and space will not break them.

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  8. Both the heart-shaped stump and your story are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, Romi! I wanted the simplicity of the heart to be reflected in the simplicity of the story. Just a simple story of such a wonderful love.

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  9. nice…a whole life/world (available) in these 6 sentences

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    1. Thank you Clark! You are so right, this is a small snapshot that tells a life story/love story.

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  10. That's a very touching short story and the perfect photo to go with it.

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    1. Thank you so much Ida, it was an easy one to write, I knew that I wanted to use this photo when I saw the cue for this week.

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  11. Sweet story...both the fiction and the factual.

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