By that I mean that life doesn't seem to change, not really, it just moves along and still seems the same all at one time. We don't get older we get wiser, (most of us anyway).
Tommy Von had set his life in motion next to a great energy source; the river. Along this river many souls travel, laughter is shared and friends are made. Tommy has seen it all. As I am sure he has witnessed many things that others simply talk about.
I watched Tommy as he gathered the peanuts in a scoop to place in a bag to go. His hands showing wear from hard repetitive work and a daily routine. It makes you wonder just when he ever had a vacation. But in reality stop and think about it, people pay big bucks to come to these mountains and we gracefully live in them, wow what a treat.
While I was there I witnessed a friend stop by to which he had not seen in a while, he welcomed him in and had a smile that glowed. I decided it was time for me to exit as they had some catching up to do. So I gathered my peanuts and walked out the old screen door.
It was finally nice to know that the Peanut Man had a name to which we can say we have enjoyed knowing and supporting his valuable business to the river rats and other folk alike. Thanks Tommy Von for being a mountain legend that will carry on even when we are all gone.
Summing this up together with life is fairly simple.
Take time to look around, travel beyond your own boundaries, take a Sunday drive and come back on Tuesday, stay awhile. Dream the impossible, do the probable, and make no mistakes that you are on your own journey.
Life happens and then life happens, windows are made to be opened as well as closed, I leave mine open. Never be afraid to try something within reason, make a list of nine things to do and complete at least five while you are still alive.
Sing to the mountains and the trees will respond back, call on a star and give it a name yourself. Believe in the moment and remember that all nuts are not the same, as they have their own shells, and this nut will still dance naked under the moon and twice under the blue moon. Now go shine like the star you named, dance in wind, embrace the rain as it cleanses you again.
May each of you find a joy in the serendipity of life's moments.
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