Sunsets can be beautiful too!

Kingwell By Kingwell, 4th Apr 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A comparison of youth and old age- and how each has it's merits.

The young are invincible

It was a beautiful summers evening and I was deep in thought as I made my way along the walking trail that begins just a few yards from my house. Stopping once in a while to gaze up the bay, my mind wandered back to my childhood, spent on one of the many islands for which Placentia Bay is so famous. What I wondered, would I have been doing on such an evening sixty years ago? I smiled as I thought of the fearlessness of the boy I had been then. The trail where I’d been walking was along the side of a cliff that in places was but one step from perhaps a thirty foot drop unto the beach below. Granted, there was railing in these dangerous spots, and today I would gladly take advantage of it. Sixty years ago, I might have been standing, as I so often was on a kelp covered rock just inches away from some of the deepest waters in the bay. I thought of the many other rocks that had been around me then and how with one false step, I could have been knocked unconscious and left to drown in those cold Atlantic waters-but I was not afraid for the young, then as now, are invincible!

"Almost fifteen"

Just as we await the birth of a child, there are those who love to watch the sunrise. It is an exciting time, light returning to the world just as the soul, fresh from its nocturnal wanderings, returns to the body in repose. With the first sign of the sun, the birds break into song and the hustle and bustle of another day begins. How like the sunrise I thought, those long ago days when every moment was filled with excitement and dreams of the future. I laughed aloud remembering how I, as is common with all youth, could not wait to grow up, and how I would have given my age then, not as fourteen, but as ‘almost fifteen’. The years had passed though, even if I had thought that they never would, and soon I had moved away from the island and the bay.

Everything is exactly as it should be.

Those days I knew were gone forever and a feeling of sadness began to engulf me. The sigh that was about to escape my lips was suddenly cut short however, with the sight of one of the most glorious sunsets I had ever witnessed! I stood in awe, transfixed by the scene before me, oblivious to the fact that my wife would worry that I had not yet returned home. An orange haze was casted over the moving sea, reflecting off every wave. Half of a glowing, radiant light loomed on the water’s horizon. I felt that I could hear the grasses rustling behind me as if they were whispering to one another to hush and go to sleep. The birds went suddenly silent as if huddled with their loved ones knowing of the day’s end. A warm sensation splashed upon my face from the beaming rays of the sun and a calmness settled over me, making my heart stop for a single second.
I felt a sudden surge of joy and strength and in that moment I knew that everything was exactly as it should be.
I turned toward home content with the thought that sunsets can be beautiful too!

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An Orange Haze, Atlantic Ocean, Dangerous Environment, Dreams Of The Future, False Step, Feeling Of Sadness, Fishing, Invincible, Kingwell, Nocturnal Wanderings, Sunrise, Sunset, Youth

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I am 75 years old and retired.I like writing short stories, poetry as well other articles of interest.

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author avatar wonder
4th Apr 2014 (#)

The mind reviewed the phases beautifully, sprang up, tossed then settled down with dignity and contentment.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you wonder. Loved the way you put this.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Very beautiful post my friend!

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you fern. Happy you enjoyed it.

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author avatar writestuff
4th Apr 2014 (#)

Great post. It is indeed a privilege to be able to re-view the past-it is an awesome luxury of memory.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you writestuff and I agree,

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
4th Apr 2014 (#)

I'm rarely awake for sunrise, but we love watching suns set.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Phyl, I rarely see sunrises anymore but both are beautiful.

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author avatar vpaulose
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Beautiful post. Thank you.

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author avatar Kingwell
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you my friend.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
5th Apr 2014 (#)

Wonderful.Thanks for the share.

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Randhir, So happy that you enjoyed it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Apr 2014 (#)

You have had a varied life being close to nature while young and still appreciative of its wonders. Nature is magical and keeps us on our toes. The young are not close to nature as they have other preoccupations. We are, after all, part of nature and feel comfortable to be close to it and enjoy its spectacles. Thought provoking and reflective share, thanks Kingwell - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Siva and you are right, we are a part of nature but the old ways are changing. I guess we just have to believe that all is unfolding as it should. Blessings.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Apr 2014 (#)

What a lovely post, Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
9th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Connie.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
29th Apr 2014 (#)

Very beautiful Kingwell...I will be catching up on your pages soon... I have truly missed them. The weather is windy and chilly but still great for clearing out the gardens here in Maine but once that is done I will have more time to read....thanks much enjoyed ...:0)

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Apr 2014 (#)

Thank you Delicia, The weather is damp and cold here. If it doesn't improve soon the doctors many have to put the entire population on Valium lol!

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