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The Whole Story Doesn’t Show

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There is a quote I used for one of my Flickr photos a short time ago that lingers around me like the scent of burning wood curling and wafting in the cold winter air:

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” ~Andrew Wyeth

There are so many ways a person can interpret it. We can take it literally knowing that beneath that comforter of snow is a plethora of plant life and other organisms waiting to emerge at the first signs of spring; each with its own story. Then again we could think of it perhaps as a person cocooned in their home or within their personal life. Likely ignored or shunned by others because of that isolation yet yearning to come out, to live, to be alive. Perhaps there’s a deeper reason for their isolation. I know, I can relate to each scenario.

This weekend, phone someone who doesn’t get out much or at all. Or perhaps there’s a senior citizen (related or not) who hasn’t been out of their residence in some time. Take that person out and talk to them, do something together. You’ll be surprised what you will gain as a result and what story you may uncover. At the very least you’ll add some much needed light to another’s day that will linger for them for days to come.


Discover what the story is. Let the story show.

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