The Closet 3 March 2016

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The Closet

The drab, brown door opens up a new, a better world for me in the house of my childhood. Climbing to the top knitted-1121496__180shelf, above the folded sheets, towels and washcloths, nestling in and among the bulkier barn-1210102__180blankets. Finding the book and flashlight just where I left them, floating into cherished worlds-protected, delicate, and dependable. Images from the books- pioneer families in weathered log cabins, open grasslands under immense blue skies, a young girl gallops her black stallion.

In that written world, characters who are the me I want to be-horse-654841__180

“Come with me horse.”

“I will come.”

“Can I ride with you?”

“Grab my mane and get a hold, we will ride the wind together.”

“I love you horse, you are tender and gentle.”

“You are mine, person, I will give you my warmth.”

Escape, withdraw, hiding from that cruel world, the one outside the closet, the one I really live in, or do I? Sometimes the world in my mind is the more real one. In the distance, I books-1204029__180can hear life outside the closet. A part of me is curious, are they are wondering where I am? I stay on my shelf as long as I can, sometimes drifting off to sleep. It is a calm place, a sacred place.

We learn easily our limitations from others. In the words and lands of my childhood fiction, my abilities and strengths were shown to me.

(All images from Pixaby)

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About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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