Saturday, February 14, 2015

Hearts and Hands Forever

Feb. 14, 2015

My Valentine
As well today, Feb. 14, 2017
 as when heart rock was found ....

"Come on," Jack begged. "Put your shoes on and let's take a walk down the hill .... maybe I will find a squirrel to chase ... or some quail."

And so we did.

Jack walked under the electric wire fence ... I had to disconnect it before walking down the hill, then place it back to keep a small charge passing through the wire ... just enough zap to keep the neighbor's horses out of the front yard. 
Jack Flash, Dee Dee and Teaser watched as we gingerly walked down the hill. 
Sometimes they followed ... but today they only noticed our passing and continued eating the green grass sprouting on the hillside ..... where last year on Valentine's Day we had snow hiding the tender shoots.

Jack always leads the way......
Our destination.....a steep, easy walk down to 
the end of the driveway, stopping at the green gates. 
Always on the look out for deer ... or squirrels, rabbits
or anything that moved. But he kept up a quick pace and  
beat me to our destination.
Walk back up the hill ...... pant, pant, rest ... pant! 
Me, not Jack!
The climb back up the hill was steep and long .....
Jack rushed up
while I trudged along behind.
Half way to the top, I walked the path horses and cars
made .... leaving imprints as plain as a road sign saying,
"This way to the top! Keep going ... you're almost there!"
While Jack made a side trip to investigate something scurrying up a bitter brush, 
I stopped to catch my breath ....
and that's when I saw it.

Nearly buried in the gravel, tire tracks imprinted in the dirt,
was a rock...
but not just an ordinary rock.
A heart shaped rock .....
 If I had raced up the hill, keeping up with Jack
I would have missed it.
How many times had I passed by that rock
and never noticed it? Has it been there forever?
........ not meant to be noticed until today,
Valentine's Day, 2015.
Dee Dee and Jack came to see what I had in my hand.

She sniffed it, snorted and said,
"Smells like a plain old rock to me." And she
went off to find more tender green grass.
Jack had nothing to say about the rock .. 
but sat to rest a bit
before following me into the house 
curled up in his bed for a short nap.

I held the 
Valentine Rock in my hand,
wiped the dirt from the surface, 
and my own beating heart was smiling as I remembered:
Song of Songs 8:6,7 
Place me as a seal over your heart,
like a seal on your arm;
for love is as strong as death,
its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire, 
like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
rivers cannot wash it away.
If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love
it would be utterly scorned.
 I think I'll keep this Valentine's Rock,
until one day
Jack and I,
and probably 
Dee Dee, Teaser and Jack Flash,
trudge down to the Pine Tree
and leave it there ...
Eldon loved rocks!