The Old Wooden Glider (flash fiction)

Callie loved the wooden gliding chair on the front porch.  It was her favorite place to read and sip hot tea, and to smell the air after it rained.  The rhythm of her rocking soothed her heart, and brought her mind back to the double glider she and Anna had loved as kids. Today it was her refuge from feeling like Sisyphus, rolling boulders uphill again and again.  
 
This was the forty-second winter Callie had witnessed melting into spring.  She felt joy as her iris friends came up again, purple and blue, with their orange and white fine line drawings at the base of each petal. She liked to imagine an insect-sized artist, with his sharp colored pencils, creating flowering masterpieces.
 
Callie was in need of a blooming. She had been working relentlessly, planting seed after seed, and trusting that some of them would find fertile ground.  She was busy and brave, and weary to the bone.  
 
Callie needed to fill herself up.  She craved time in the woods.  She missed the sound of water rushing over rocks.  Her heart needed to splash in puddles and giggle like a kid. Her spirit needed a good solid meal.
 
Callie treasured her time on that old wooden glider.  It was her front porch vacation. The rocking motion took her to a place where her spirit could rest, and dream, and bloom again…
 

(Please leave a comment about where you find your "old wooden glider," then check back in.  I always post a response, and I love hearing from you!)

My sister on our old wooden glider...
                          (My sister, with her kind permission, on our old wooden glider...) 

8 comments

  • Ms. P

    Ms. P Left Coast

    I find my "old wooden glider" when I am knitting. Also, when my sweet Nadia is purring on my lap. I hope you'll take some time in the woods soon and splash in puddles or lay down on the sidewalk and let the rain fall down on you.

    I find my "old wooden glider" when I am knitting. Also, when my sweet Nadia is purring on my lap. I hope you'll take some time in the woods soon and splash in puddles or lay down on the sidewalk and let the rain fall down on you.

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hi Ms. P, Thanks for your comment. The purring of my four-legged family is my glider too. I love the idea of laying down in the rain. I did that once...

    Hi Ms. P, Thanks for your comment. The purring of my four-legged family is my glider too. I love the idea of laying down in the rain. I did that once...

  • harry

    harry maine

    i believe you have misspelled Callie. i think it is spelled D-e-n-i-s-e. maybe? i love the truth in this fiction. i am lucky to not have to go to the water or the woods. it's right here. i live in it. it cracks me up when folks say new york city has everything. maine truly has everything including tons of 'gliders'. but please dont tell anyone. lol. today i am working in a cabin in the woods; painting. (one of my favorite gliders) i have so far been in the company of 2 deer and one wild turkey. they live here. i live here and it rejuvenates. i pinch myself often when i go over the bridge and look out over the bay saying, "i cant believe i live here." you have worked sooo hard in pursuit of your dreams. i admire and envy you. i hope you get to splash and laugh and giggle and soak in the waters of your rich life. i hope you get a "me" day soon

    i believe you have misspelled Callie. i think it is spelled D-e-n-i-s-e. maybe? i love the truth in this fiction. i am lucky to not have to go to the water or the woods. it's right here. i live in it. it cracks me up when folks say new york city has everything. maine truly has everything including tons of 'gliders'. but please dont tell anyone. lol. today i am working in a cabin in the woods; painting. (one of my favorite gliders) i have so far been in the company of 2 deer and one wild turkey. they live here. i live here and it rejuvenates. i pinch myself often when i go over the bridge and look out over the bay saying, "i cant believe i live here."
    you have worked sooo hard in pursuit of your dreams. i admire and envy you. i hope you get to splash and laugh and giggle and soak in the waters of your rich life. i hope you get a "me" day soon

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    Hey Harry, Callie isn't exactly me, but I sure do relate to her. Maine sounds amazing, and I hope to get there some day. I definitely need to create a way to have more "gliders" on a regular basis. I did have a real double glider as a kid, and I will always remember the way it made me feel. Thanks for dropping in. I always look forward to your comments, and I am happy to know that you love where you are living.

    Hey Harry, Callie isn't exactly me, but I sure do relate to her. Maine sounds amazing, and I hope to get there some day. I definitely need to create a way to have more "gliders" on a regular basis. I did have a real double glider as a kid, and I will always remember the way it made me feel. Thanks for dropping in. I always look forward to your comments, and I am happy to know that you love where you are living.

  • alisa

    alisa

    Harry's comment made me laugh!! Hee

    Harry's comment made me laugh!! Hee

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    He knows me well...

    He knows me well...

  • Bryan Abes

    Bryan Abes Kennett sq., PA

    Denise this May sound crazy, but it is the truth. I hafta say I find my "old wooden glider" when I'm sitting in my room, on my sofa in front of my TV with my lunch, and looking forward to nothing more than a nice cup of coffee afterwards, while sitting in the same place watching tv. That is like a vacation in my own room I kid you not! Anyway, that story about Callie screams beautiful summer weather to me. Beautiful story! -Bryan

    Denise this May sound crazy, but it is the truth. I hafta say I find my "old wooden glider" when I'm sitting in my room, on my sofa in front of my TV with my lunch, and looking forward to nothing more than a nice cup of coffee afterwards, while sitting in the same place watching tv. That is like a vacation in my own room I kid you not! Anyway, that story about Callie screams beautiful summer weather to me. Beautiful story!
    -Bryan

  • Denise Moser

    Denise Moser

    I understand that feeling Bryan. I have been there, but for me, it would be tea. Thanks for reading along with me. Much appreciated...

    I understand that feeling Bryan. I have been there, but for me, it would be tea. Thanks for reading along with me. Much appreciated...

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