Thanks to our neighbor, Mark Pike, for these drone images and his permission to share them. What a gift!
Just like 6.4 million other people, I watched the series finale of a family television drama called "This Is Us" at the end of May. Just by watching my Facebook feed, I know I'm not the only viewer who had a Kleenex box nearby as I watched the finale episode about a family we all got to know and care about during six seasons of Tuesday nights.
I'm not sure how many people then scoured the internet to find quotes from the episode. But there was at least one. (That was easier than starting and stopping the DVR for me to take notes. And since I found a compilation of "This Is Us" quotes, I'm fairly confident that I'm not the only one.)
In it, the mom, Rebecca, is traveling on the metaphorical train toward death after suffering from dementia for several years. And I was struck by the words from her "conductor," William:
"The way I see it, if something makes you sad when it ends, it must have been pretty wonderful when it was happening. Truth be told, I always felt it a bit lazy to just think of the world as sad, because so much of it is. Because everything ends. Everything dies. But if you step back, if you step back and look at the whole picture, if you're brave enough to allow yourself the gift of a really wide perspective, if you do that, you'll see that the end is not sad, Rebecca. It's just the start of the next incredibly beautiful thing."William to Rebecca, This Is Us, series finale
But those moments of aggravation don't take away from the life and lifestyle that we've lived and loved. It's not for everyone. We didn't do it perfectly. I'd change some things.
But, a bird's eye view helps me remember that it was - and is - a beautiful life.
|Toward the truck, that field finished|
So I find myself doing a bit of that. I think it's natural, as we change directions.
Mark also included a drone photo of Randy's folks' house. It sold on June 4, and a new family will begin building a life and making memories there, beginning in mid-August.
I just hope they'll look back - years from now - and have those moments to collect and remember, too.
And, as for us, we may get done with wheat harvest today, after getting rained out yesterday again. Then it will be time to get things ready for the farm sale coming August 13.
And, hopefully, just like William told Rebecca: "It's just the start of the next incredibly beautiful thing."
Mark shot drone footage two harvests ago. He didn't send any video from this harvest, but here are some repeats of 2020 videos
I actually got a pretty awesome still shot from that 2020 harvest night, too. The sky was breathtaking. I enlarged this one to canvas size.
A shot I got Saturday night, June 25, reminded me of that one.
For more from the post about the 2020 harvest, click HERE. And, thanks again to Mark!