Monday, June 16, 2008

In the twinkling of an eye





So I've been away for a while. Thanks to those who have kept dropping in to the blog. I cant promise any more regular blogs over the next while but there is a reason. So let me tell you a story. Its like this........

In the blink of an eye life changes. Sometimes it starts with something as simple as a conversation. In an old house, in a glacial valley we leaned in, elbows on the table, and talked quietly over the soup and wheaten bread. She smiled and looked at me with clear blue eyes. Somehow that was enough. A risk was taken, and an adventure began, the end of which is not yet written. It felt like coming home, a harbour for my weary soul, that first sight of land after a long ocean voyage.
A few nights ago we drove to a beach in Donegal for a picnic but the rain fell, glittering on the windscreen like jewels in the evening light. We couldn’t sit on the beach, but instead broke bread in a car made magical by her presence. Add in fresh cheese, olives, peppers stuffed with feta, strawberries and cream and some chocolate. And yet with a glass of wine in hand it’s the conversation that seems rich. Time slows down and just before the sun sinks away the rain stops. We walk on the cliffs for a few minutes, hand in hand silhouetted against the red clouds. I don’t know what the next chapter will be but right now this is enough. Right now I am content and secure in the present – almost to content to write. I have been surprised by joy and there is so much to say and share with each other that the blog world is fading in significance. I will be back at some point.
In the blink of an eye life changes and for that I’m truly thankful.

13 comments:

ohchicken said...

well well well...look at you! and her! rawr.

mrs metaphor said...

annie took the words right outta my mouth....

well done, Mark ; )

Mojo said...

Ahhh Markie!
To say I'm thrilled would be an understatement. she is lovely and as a retreat buddy ... even more so!

Sorry I won't be there this evening... it feels like months since I've seen you all and it's only a fortnight!

You take good care and speak to you soon my friend x mo x

Trevor Henderson said...

I know knight you 'Sir Captain Snogfest'

Trevor Henderson said...

'now' not 'know' - that's what happens when a 2 year old is popping up under your arm yelling 'Dad' while you type.

Michael Radcliffe said...

Are you (plural and/or singular) coming to Greenbelt this year?

mister tumnus said...

ok. this is major, and i hope you appreciate the significance....


i am changing your name on my phone from 'mark the tart' to simply, 'mark'.

think the two of ye might stop by our house for some dinner sometime?

Andrew said...

Beautiful. Enjoy...

me said...

Mark,
Delighted the world is as you like it.

'O wonderful, wonderful, and most wonderful, and yet again wonderful, and after that out of all whooping!'

g.x

The Harbour of Ourselves said...

my my, oh my.... rarely am i speechless, but oh my

annie is right - look at you both!!!!!!!!

'May you experience each day as a sacred gift woven around the heart of wonder.' (Father O)

The Father said...

Hey bananie - hands off -) ...thanks everyone - you are all lovely but lets just note how we can leave it to Trevor to lower the tone considerably. It truly is a gift my friend. Later ....m

The Father said...

oh and yeah we will be at Greenbelt.)

peacesociology said...

I thought I felt a lightness and giddiness on the breeze this morning. (I'm gonna strain my back here trying to lift the tone back up.) I can't wait until we're all sharing conversation over some of your finest in the holy wood.