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Friday, March 13, 2009

Chatter to paper

I continue to work on my new series "Be of Service"....these little characters bring me happiness, and my own inner ramblings are quieted, but the character's chatter takes over instead.

It's close to 60 today, with sun. The rains might return over weekend, so I am taking advantage of the weather and will get the barn back in shape after the chaos of the last 2 weeks. I feel like I'm still mending, like I gave birth myself, 5 times. I guess in a way I did. By Monday I plan to be back at the drawing board, and writing table. This weekend I'll start shots for the lambs, do spring worming and hope to put names to all the new lambs. Rosie's orphan spends his days with the young flock, a loner, and is way behind, but is making gains. I still bring him in at night, but this weekend that might change if he shows proper gains in strength.

My sister-in-law sent some seed packs, and I think I will spread some on Rosie and Coral. There is comfort in tending a grave, I have learned that over and over. Sadly, we are distant from our dead in this current society. We do not clean them when they die or carry them to the hole if buried. There is an importance to this ritual. While it is not reasonable to think we can all bury our dead [I for one will be cremated], the process of preparing a grave for burial is an important transformation for both dying and caregiver.


farmlady said...

I love your last paragraph and after reading it I know you will be all right.
The seeds will grow over Rosie and Coral and these two dear animals will fertilize the new plants. It is the way of all things. It's part of their dreams now.

Lovely post.

Deb said...

My heart aches for you with losing all those dear creatures and so recently. I too suffered a loss recently, my father passed away unexpectedly sitting in his favorite chair in his own home December 30th.

A loss is a loss whether man or beast if its one we loved. Please know I read your blog fathfully and I care about you...God Bless.


Katherine Dunn/Apifera Farm said...

Farmlady- yes, I love that, becasue returning to the earth is what happens to all of us, and we all just turn into fertilizer, don't we? It's also nice to go and talk to a grave, i think. The older I get, the more I feel that way-

Deb- I lost my father 1 year ago March 22, and a day doesn't go by I don't think of him [literally]. Dying in his favorite chair, this is a huge gift for him. Really, I hope you can hang on to that, because it is a huge thing to be able to die in such a way. Peace to your heart...

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