ODE TO ANCESTORS

Trail of the Ancestors by Jan Oliver Schultz

Short Story

WHAT ATTRACTS ME TO THIS PIECE OF ART IS THE COUPLE ON HORSEBACK IN THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLORED BIRCH FOREST THEY ARE TRAVERSING…AND I’M FOLLOWING JOHN AS HE LEADS ME INTO THE SUNNY LIGHT AHEAD OF US.  NO DOUBT, I CAN FOLLOW HIM EVEN TO TIMBUKTU AND AS WE RIDE FORWARD WE ALWAYS CONTEMPLATE WHERE WE HAVE ORIGINATED FROM.

ACCORDING TO OUR FAMILY HISTORIES, JOHN’S ROOTS CAME FROM AFRICA TO SETTLING IN SOUTHWEST GEORGIA.  MY ANCESTORS CAME FROM ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, FRANCE AND GERMANY…MAKING US A GOOD MELTING POT.

JOHN’S ANCESTORS WERE LARGE LABORING FAMILIES LIVING OFF THE LAND WHILE MINE WERE EUROPEAN EMIGRANT BLUE COLLAR WORKERS ALSO WITH LARGE FAMILIES.  MANY WERE VALIANT SOLDIERS AND MERCHANTS.

WHAT COMFORTS US ABOUT OUR ANCESTORS IS THEIR LOVE FOR GOD AND FAMILY LIFE, ALWAYS HARD WORKING AND STRIVING TO DO GOOD.  THAT IS THE PATH JOHN AND I HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO FOLLOW, AND WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL THEY HAVE GIVEN US THIS BENEVOLENT EXAMPLE.

LIKE RIDING TOUGH ON HORSEBACK, WE HOLD TIGHTLY TO THE REINS.  WE OCCASIONALLY LOOK OVER OUR SHOULDERS AND TAKE STOCK OF OUR PAST TRAILS, BUT MOVING FORWARD IS BEST BECAUSE AT THE END OF OUR BRIGHT JOURNEY, OUR ANCESTORS WILL BE GREETING US WITH APPLAUSE AND WE WILL BE ABLE TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR LOVING GUIDANCE.

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DOWN MEMORY LANE

FREE VERSE

THIS HISTORICAL CHURCH (1917)

ESTABLISHED 100 YEARS AGO

BY FR. THOMAS AUGUSTINE JUDGE

AS A MISSIONARY POST FOR RURAL RESIDENTS AND SEMINARIANS,

ITS SURROUNDING GROUNDS BECAME A HAPPY PLAYGROUND

FOR MY BELOVED JOHN AND HIS SIBLINGS NEAR THE FAMILY HOME.

TODAY JOHN AND I ARE ATTENDING HOLY MASS HERE.

NO DOUBT, GOING DOWN HIS CHILDHOOD MEMORY LANE WILL

GIVE ME MUCH DELIGHT TO WRITE ABOUT WHEN WE RETURN HOME.

WON’T YOU PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR THE SEQUEL…

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ANGEL WINGS

Angel Wings

A  Quote by Zesty Nest

“EVERYONE HAS A GUARDIAN ANGEL.

SEND A MENTAL INTENTION ASKING YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL TO HELP YOU AND THEY WILL GIVE A SIGN THAT THEY HAVE HEARD YOUR REQUEST.

THE MOST POPULAR AND UNIVERSAL SIGN IS A WHITE FEATHER.

ANGEL BLESSING ARE COMING YOUR WAY.”

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