26 Sep 2014

that place

My breath swirls in white, pasty clouds whenever I blow out. The air is so cold and I can feel that my fingertips are stiff. A chilly breeze picks up a few strands of my dark brunette hair and then lets them drop again. My pale skin looks even paler than usual.
I used to mind being pale. But not out here. Here I blend in, because almost everything is white.
I can feel a racing thud in my chest. I breathe, in, out, in, out, gently, and my heart slows. Why it was beating so fast in the first place, I do not know.
Tiny snowflakes flutter to the ground. One lands on the tip of my nose and starts melting.
I am not that cold, then, if I can still cause snowflakes to melt. But it feels as though I have no warmth left.
I stare at the frozen lake that is a deep blue color, and wonder if it would the ice would be thick enough to hold me. I throw a rock onto the surface. It cracks and breaks with a shudder, leaving a hole in which the rock sinks.
Probably not.
I brush snow off my bare shoulders and off the top of my head. Most would call me crazy to come out here in only a white, sleeveless dress, but I don't care. It feels like tradition, because every time I come here, I wear the same thing.
 The dead log that I am sitting on is collecting small heaps of snow, on either side of me. The snowfall is getting thicker now, and soon I must go home. 
I do not mind going home so much. I know it is warm and cozy inside, and there will be hot chocolate to drink and books to read and a fire to sit by.
No, I wouldn't mind going home.
But I don't like to leave this place either.
"Hello," I call out, but only to hear the sound of my voice, because there is no sound out here except for the wind, and silence can sometimes be scary.
Time passes. I watch little brown birds come and drink from the hole I made in the lake. I want the birds to whistle or tweet, but they don't, and still, only the wind talks to me. I watch the bare-branched trees shake in a gust of wind.  I watch more snow fall from the vast, white sky.
Eventually I stand. I dust off my dress. I stomp a bit to get my blood flowing so that I am not so stiff and freezing.
I start to walk away.
Away from that place.
Maybe tomorrow, or the next day, or even next Winter, I will come back.
Because I like that place. Even if I cannot explain why.
But for now, I am going home.

Have you ever had...a certain place that you loved? Somewhere you felt you could just be alone, and be you? Somewhere where your troubles did not follow you?
I have.

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Hey. ♥ I wrote that mostly because I was sparked with the occasional, sudden urge to write.
I enjoyed writing this so much. Drawing and writing and painting are three of my happy places, but I have physical happy places, too. Before my family and I moved, we lived in a house that had a roof that was easy to climb on. And so, since eight or nine, I started climbing up there whenever I was sad, or when the world felt chaotic. I climbed up there and cleared my head, talked to God- and when I climbed down, I felt better.
I could never explain why that place, on top of that roof, brought me peace. But it did.

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful writing! The place for me is actually my room, haha :) I have a talk with God there when I feel worried, or sad, and it's my favorite spot to snuggle up with a good book.

    hellostrawberrie.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you!♥ That is very usual. I love my room as well...definitely a good place to snuggle and read.

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  2. Tane, I'm glad your back into the blogging world! I love your blog!

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  3. This is so beautiful Tane!! <3 Oh and I looove your new blog design. :)

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    1. Thank you darling! That means so much. :)

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  4. This is AMAZING. By AMAZING I mean out of the world amazing!<3
    Most beautiful piece of writing I've seen all week!
    If you ever stop writing, I will be upset!:)
    June
    The Journeys' of my beating heart

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    1. You. Are far too kind, June!
      Thank you so so much, darling♥

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  5. I really love this concept of taking a photo and writing a story on it. ;) What you wrote makes me feel chilly and peaceful at the same time, just like the character.

    For me, my "safe place" was very often my own imagination. Weird, huh?

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    1. Thank you so much, Liz. I really appreciate your comment.
      And, no, not weird, because I can totally relate. We often have more than one safe place, and my imagination is one of them for me, as well.

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  6. Tane. You leave me speechless.

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