it’s heaven

it's heaven
it's heaven

10:00 AM and I felt like I’d already done a day’s work straitening up the house, feeding and dressing two toddlers; Johnny 4 and Carrie 3, but finally we were on the road heading into town to take care of Monday morning errands. The air was brisk, but the unexpected sunshine made it feel warmer than it actually was. Johnny was talking a mile a minute while Carrie sat quietly, as always. With my back to them as I drove I imagined she was taking in every word that spilled from his mouth in the fascinated manner she always displayed.

We rounded the last curve and reached the small rise where on clear days a person could view the small town as it lay in the midst of the countryside as if it had been picked up by a giant and placed in a shallow bowl. The morning sun was casting an orange hue on the grain elevator and as I was thinking to myself how beautiful it appeared a voice from the back seat uttered, “It’s Heaven!” I paused for a moment as the words registered in my mind; shocked to realize it was Carrie expressing a thought of her own instead of mimicking her big brother.

“Where’s Heaven?” I responded. “Right there!” she whispered with enthusiasm that made my heart melt. “I don’t see it, honey. Where do you see Heaven?” I asked the second time. This time her response was louder and contained a tinge of exasperation. She pointed her tiny hand over the back of the front seat, pointing at the grain elevator in the distance and said, “My Sunday School teacher said Heaven is the most beautiful place you’ve ever seen, and that’s it!”

(filed under #sagegrass because i said that)

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said that

Comments (24):

  1. Elaine Hancock

    May 18, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    A wonderful image. I have always wanted to see a big grain elevator. Heaven is something different to each person. I love your writing!

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  2. Michael Rawluk

    May 18, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Now that is an industrial looking elevator.

    Very cool image.

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  3. Diane

    May 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    what beautiful writing.
    So too is the photo — beauty.

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  4. Elizabeth Buckalew

    May 19, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Unadulterated honesty flows from the mouths of babes and old people. Beautifully written, Sherri – and the photo is the perfect illustration.

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  5. Tatar@Y

    May 19, 2018 at 12:52 am

    A chacun son paradis ! !!!……

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  6. Bill Phillips

    May 19, 2018 at 4:03 am

    The text and the picture are wonderful Sheri. Well done!

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  7. ruthiebear

    May 19, 2018 at 6:27 am

    What at first appeared to be ordinary became extraordinary as I viewed it through Carrie’s eyes.

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  8. ....peter

    May 19, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    i loved your story and Carrie’s pick for heaven… i like your photo of the morning sun on the grain elevators Sherri… our children make us look at simple things with wonder….peter:)

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  9. Willem

    May 19, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Beautifully documented, text and photo.

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  10. Steve

    May 19, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    Carrie’s definition of heaven is better than most I’ve ever heard. A beautiful image of this giant grain elevator.

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  11. Tom

    May 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Fine image and interesting treatment, Sherri – AND an interesting story 🙂

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  12. B. thomas

    May 19, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    There were a lot of those where I grew up in Sherman, Texas, and also we see them across West Texas when we are heading to Colorado and other places. I bet Carrie’s pick for heaven will change as she gets older.

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  13. Anita Bower

    May 19, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    It seems you have another artist in the family. Excellent image. I like the crispness.

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  14. Will Williams

    May 19, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Fantastic matte texture and nice subtle use of scratches. We should also ask squirrels their opinion about strawberries, I know how our neighborhood critters would respond.

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  15. Ayush Basu

    May 20, 2018 at 2:08 am

    i loved the text, Sherri! and i like this big, industrial scape.

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  16. Ana Lúcia

    May 20, 2018 at 6:08 am

    The presentation suits this to perfection!

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  17. gingko60

    May 20, 2018 at 10:13 am

    J’aime beaucoup cette photo, on dirait une gravure ancienne ****

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  18. Phil

    May 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    I love your story and Carry is right, beauty is ewerywhere and only the dictat of someone changes the things, Phil

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  19. Nicou

    May 20, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    Quelle vue de cette usine et image quels silo et architecture sueprbe.
    Amitié

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  20. Lewis

    May 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    That is one impressive building, also as far as its architecture is concerned.

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  21. Jean-Luc T.

    May 21, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Les bâtiments industriels seront des ruines qui se visiteront dans quelques décennies…

    Reply

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