Busy or boring or both?

It seems that life has been contradictory full of inanities and tragedies lately.

The tragic loss of a colt, Yoda, at 16 months old to a 'twist'. Treatment was timely and extensive, but he simply couldn't be saved.

Yoda's loss pales in comparison to that of a young father of four, a close family friend, who was laid to rest today.

I didn't mean to talk about those things... but they're still strong on my mind, and I think they go along well enough with the flower I photo'd. That life is both beautiful and painful.

I had never seen these thistles before we moved out here, but I love them. I love the contrast of the delicate beauty of the flower on that strong, thick, prickly stalk - and it strikes me that thistle epitomizes how I aim to write my heroines. I do want her to have some beauty, but I want her to be so much more than that. I want her to be strong enough to survive harsh conditions, the sun and rock, and to take care of herself as well as sheltering others.

5 comments:

Leah Braemel said...

awww {{{Big hugs}}}

And good analogy about your heroine's. I'll have to remember that one.

L.A. Mitchell said...

I'm so sorry you've had such tremendous loss lately.

Only a writer would stop to notice this plant's juxtaposition :)

Cathy said...

Ouch!! I am sorry for the loss of the father and of Yoda.

Sandra Ferguson said...

Thought-provoking for heroines. No fluff and stuff heroines for your pages -- but gritty real-life gals.

Val said...

Sorry, hon, I've been out of town (new post forthcoming) - but my deepest sympathy on these recent losses...