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Ah, Spring! Where have you been?Posted Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 8:01 PM
Wild phlox grows in the roots of the trees along the Castor River bank at Trail's End Campground north of Marble Hill. The recent floods have dredged out the Castor River, and the water runs cool and clear. There's a rope swing that calls to me... Do I dare?
The goats follow us along the levee road, balancing precariously (as only goats can) on the tiny gravel path that they have along the fence.
The only sound is the singing of the birds and the distant whistle of a train. Ahhhhhhhh! Why did I put this off so long??
My bones creak, my feet hurt, my back aches, my knees moan...but I am once again walking in the early morning.
No rain, no ice, no snow, no earthquakes, no floods....Just sunshine and birds and happy dogs...This is the life! Missouri is once again a wonderful place to live.
Last night I came home from a meeting about 8:30, and, as I got out of the car in the driveway, I heard it -- my first whippoorwill of the season, calling far off in the darkness of the woods.
My husband loved the sound of the whippoorwills and bob whites. It was one of the things he missed the most during those seven years we were in Alaska. Well, that and Leon's barbecues... There were times when I thought we were gonna have to jump a plane at 10 p.m. and head down to the Dexter Queen...
This winter has been too hard. I wonder if I can take another like it. Perhaps, after I've had several months of warm (okay, HOT) summer sun, I'll forget how truly horrible the winter was...
Right now, I just want to put on shorts, get on my John Deere mower, and circle endlessly around my pond, mowing grass...
I want to get in the car with a friend and go to all those fun summer places where the water is blue and green, and lunch is spread out on the picnic table...
Feel the soft summer breeze on my face.......
From the unbelievably green hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your very, very grateful North Stoddard Countian writer, signing off in the twilight of an April evening.....
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 573-722-5322.