Bayous, Drifting + Dreaming

She’s moved so I won’t ever see this particular scene again. But it’s okay. I’ll always have the memory and there are other spots just like this one on so many bayous.

BlackBayou2011_WaterColor1352x1015Today’s card is not from any particular deck. It is from my childhood memories. This was taken just a few years ago (2011) from my sister’s home on the bayou. She’s moved so I won’t ever see this particular scene again. But it’s okay. I’ll always have the memory and there are other spots just like this one on so many bayous.

I grew up in Louisiana. When I as in my teens, my mother’s boyfriend made a two-wheeled cart so I could get our 17′ Delhi aluminum canoe down to the bayou. That bayou was about a block from our home at that time. I spent so many days paddling back to a quiet area where I could read and dream. While I had good friends, I was a fairly solitary human being.

Still am actually. I yearn for quiet times filled with nothing more than a breeze and the sounds of birds. Maybe a fish hitting the surface or turtles plop plop plopping into the water. Where I paddled to then is now a subdivision of stately homes and old money. Back then, it was a young girl’s fairy land where animals and trees alike spoke to me.

I still like to go out in nature now although I don’t do it quite as much. When I do, I take pictures. I want to have these reminders.

Because this reminds me of my childhood, if I were going to do a Bayou Tarot this would be the Six of Cups. No regrets, just fond reminiscences of days I drifted down a north Louisiana bayou dreaming.

What will you allow yourself to dream today? Can you commit to 180 seconds today to do nothing but dream?

Seek Joy, Y’all. Pass it on.

Black Bayou Cypress & Knees, 2011, photo by Stephanie Arwen Lynch, all rights reserved.

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8 thoughts on “Bayous, Drifting + Dreaming”

  1. Such a beautiful picture. I will do some dreaming today–and by a lottery ticket. Just one, just because. I know as a mathematician it doesn’t make statistical sense, but hey life can be quite magical. Thanks for the piece of magic you put on the internet.

  2. I sooooo love this image. My father’s family is from New Orleans. I’ve never been. I am also more of a solitary person and really enjoy my “alone time.” I really enjoyed hearing a little bit about your childhood experiences. Thank you for sharing.

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