Tuesday, August 02, 2011

perspective from below

August 2, 2011 Small Stones
perspectives from below by Teri H Hoover

 Avon by the Sea, NJ 

My past hangs in my memory like a wedding dress in the sunlight-
Shimmery and a bit hazy - 
white tulle and faulty hemlines.

What in the world is she talking about? I am off reliving last weekends wedding and my past in general. I said to a friend I am in awe of this life. I am surprised at having two grown children. I am surprised at the dog laying on my couch, head hanging precariously close to the edge. I am surprised at the people I have touched and the people I have annoyed. I am surprised that I have taken up writing a blog. I am even more surprised that I have taken up writing at all. I am surprised that every time I am confused or off balance I am lovingly given a moment of balance.This is truly an incredible life. 

The photo above is the underside of my daughters wedding dress. I was working on a hem that was missed among the 5 or six layers of tulle. I was stunned by the sheer beauty found beneath a wedding dress hanging in the beach air by a window - I would have missed this the incredible perspective from below if there had been a perfect hem.

Such a wonderful surprise to be found in a faulty hemline.


  1. Beautiful perspective, Teri! You've captured the flowing feminity and playfulness in the photo... as well as joy! :)

    And I'm happy that you found all of those surprises--including writing, as I've been enjoying all of your small stones and other works whenever I happen to visit! :) Carry on! :)


  2. Teri - What a positively wonderful post - both photo (which is so creative - I kept looking at it before reading your words, saying to myself, "What IS that?") and your writing. To find the Good Thing is what I always attempt (even though I sometimes fail). I've enjoyed your Blog and am glad I met you in the River.

  3. Thank you very much Lotus and Barb- I enjoyed writing this stone and capturing this image. And even in our perceived failures there is always something to write about. xo teri


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