Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blog of the Week-Katherine Center

The Mom-Stuff  Blog of the week is Katherine Center. Katherine is a novelist who’s words flow deep into your heart. I chose  this post to share with you because it really touched my soul.   She invites us to her grandparent’s ranch on the river with beautiful  pictures and she welcomes us into her reflection with her words. “How can we be connected so profoundly and never have meet?”  Katherine speaks novels in a very few words.

My grandparents’ ranch is on the Brazos river, a perpetually brown, sandy-bottom river outside Houston.

I’ve paced around its shores on trips to the ranch my whole life, and now we take our kids there and they do the same thing.  Its amazing to watch history repeat itself like that, and I’m happy to report that fossil-searching, stick-throwing, rock-skipping, shell-finding, mud-smearing, dam-building, and poking at things with sticks are all still going strong.

It’s been wet in Texas lately, and I found tons of animal tracks last time we were there.  Coyote, for example:

And racoon.  I love how much their paws look like hands.

And deer. I’m pretty sure.

And some crazily huge bird with stick-feet bigger than my son’s hands:

And somehow looking at those tracks got me thinking about all tracks I myself have left on this very beach–in Keds and cowgirl ropers and Adidas.  And then suddenly I was thinking about my grandparents, and all the years that have passed since they walked on this beach with us, and how much I miss them, and how much I would love it if they could come back, even just for an hour, and visit us and meet my kids.  It seems impossible to me that their lives didn’t overlap.  Especially when my daughter’s eyes are the exact  blue that my grandfather’s were, and my son’s eyes are the exact buttery brown of my grandmother’s.  How could they be connected so profoundly and never have even met?

But I guess that’s how it is with the past.  It really doesn’t leave enough behind.

Thanks for visiting the Mom-Stuff Blog Tour sponsored by We are so excited by your response to our tour.  We are having so much fun and making so many new friends. We still have some open weeks if you would like us to tour your blog. This week’s mom blogger, Katerine Center. has been such fun to work with and to get to know better.
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See you tomorrow for more from Katherine Center.

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