Monday, February 9, 2009

Like Smoke Through a Keyhole

One of my favorite movies is Bucket List, with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It's bittersweet, but with a message that life's to short to short your life. One of the lines in the movie is "Like smoke through a keyhole...." I'm not exactly sure what that means, though it referenced time passing by so quickly, but it seems to make perfect sense and it's got a lyrical quality when spoken.

That's kind of how my relationship with my folks has been the last ten years. Like smoke through a keyhole.... It started with one of those heated family arguments where neither side saw fit to compromise. After a bit, it was an uncomfortable distance, slowing leading to life just getting on down the road. A child, a family, a career, up and downs and adventures. And ten years gone by.

Now, my mom has lung cancer with some serious chemo & radiation in her future. She's just mean enough to beat it, but then again..... Sometimes I look at her and think about how amazingly stubborn she is only to realize that the same trait was passed on to me.

I'm not naive enough to think that there's a storybook ending in all of this. No emotional reconnection on grand scale. But, when the chance comes, I will tell her I appreciate many of things she did give and that we shouldn't go another ten years without talking.

Today's photo's are right after a massive snow storm. The clouds lifted right about sunset, making our little valley a beautiful winter landscape.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I have not talked to my parents in 12 years and not sure that I could even in this situation. Maybe I am way to stubborn? I will pray for you all to get though this!

Your photos are all ways so magical and take me to another place when I look at them!


Lesa said...

Sorry about your mom. Cancer sucks. I hope her body handles the treatments well and reaps great benefits.

Thank you for sharing.

I enjoyed the serene photos.

Take special care.

Lisa Cook said...

Heya of luck to your mom in this battle. I will be thinking of you all and saying a prayer.