Friday, July 5, 2013

O Beautiful....

Given that yesterday was the 4th of July, it's probably no accident that upon seeing the word "beautiful" as my writing prompt, music filled my mind.  Whenever I hear "America the Beautiful", I immediately think - "Shenandoah Valley."  I grew up in that part of the world and so when I see a hymn praising spacious skies, grain fields and "purple mountain majesties," I do not have to strain to come up with mental images.

I took all this for granted for so many years and it was only after I was grown that I realized what an incredible gift it was to grow up surrounded by such beauty. I've travelled quite a bit since then and I live in a more densely populated city now, and all of those places have their beauty, too. God has made a varied and beautiful world, and it seems as if every day yields a new discovery if I only keep my eyes open.  But my first impression of beauty will still always be that Blue Ridge.

Today is Friday, so I'm joining in my favorite writing exercise over at Five Minute Fridays.  If you like to write, come and join in !

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  1. I would love to see the Blue Ridge Mountains someday. It's on my bucket list. Thanks for posting, enjoyed reading your words.

  2. I'm visiting from Five Minute Fridays. I loved this! I lived in Blue Ridge and Epworth, Georgia for part of my childhood, so I can completely relate to your first impression of beauty.

    Great post!

  3. What a beautiful picture! And, yes, you were VERY blessed to grow up around such beauty. :)