If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us.Numbers 14:8
“The future for me is already a thing of the past –
You were my first love and you will be my last”
― Bob Dylan,
Like many grand narratives, some of the best were often rooted in legends and a bit of mystery. This tale was no exception. As details emerged, so did the many questions that raced through my mind as I hit one brick wall and then another.
In the fall of 1961, a smiling couple poses for a photo. The handsome man drapes his arm around his lovely bride while she holds their three-month-old daughter. In the background, the family ranch stretches across the mesa.
“I don’t want to wait to get married! Let’s do it now!
There is nothing holier in this life of ours than the first consciousness of love, the first fluttering of its silken wings.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“I realized I had seen and lived it all—all the successive phases of the frontier, first the frontiersman, then the pioneer, then the farmers and the towns.”
–Laura Ingalls Wilder
“Growth in love comes from a place of absence, where the imagination is left to its own devices and creates you to be much more than reality would ever allow.”
― Jamie Weise