Today’s WordPress one-word prompt is Wind.
When I saw the one-word prompt today, several things came to mind. I’m not sure why the first thing to pop in my mind was a time when I was a young girl of about 9 or 10 years old on a hot summer day. I was walking with a neighborhood friend of mine to the local drugstore which was about a mile from home. We walked this path many, many times during our childhood and often rode our bikes. We’d get a refreshing cherry smash at the drug store soda fountain and then usually go the five-and-dime next door to buy a small bag of hard candy. On this particular day, we were about halfway to our destination, looking down at our flip-flops while chatting away as we always did, the hot summer sun beating down on our backs. Suddenly we felt a cool wind blowing towards us which made us raise our heads and look straight ahead. It was as if someone had drawn some sort of weather line in our world. Where we stood was sunny and bright. Ahead it looked dark and cumbersome. The wind ahead was blowing the rain sideways and right towards us. It wasn’t storming, just raining. We watched the sideways rain blow right to us (I recall it took a minute for that dark cloud and rain to reach us– it seemed to be all in slow motion) and our sun disappeared. It was an odd weather phenomenon and one I’ve never witnessed again in all my 57 years.
When I saw the word “wind,” I also thought of my all-time favorite song sung by Bette Midler– Wind Beneath My Wings. It’s the song I used to sing to both my babies when I rocked them back to sleep after a night-time feeding. Those were times I will treasure in my heart always.
With the word “wind,” I also thought of my mother’s favorite book, Gone With the Wind.
And how she told me many times that I needed to read this book which in her opinion was the Best. Book. Ever. Written. She was an avid reader. I was never sure why she felt so strongly that I should read this book. I finally got around to reading it when I was 52 years old and recovering from a rather painful surgery. It was years after mother had passed away and I remember regretting that I had not read it while she was still living so we could share in a discussion of the book. After I read Gone With The Wind, I watched the movie (which I had seen in bits and pieces but never in its entirety).
And sometime later, I watched the movie again. There’s a lot of life lessons to be learned from Gone With The Wind. It’s a novel I’m sure I’ll read again at some point.
What about you? What comes to mind when you hear the word “wind?”