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45 Years And A River

by Terrye

The Matanuska-Susitna River, Palmer, Alaska

Today is my birthday. Some how, every year in Alaska, wise and thoughtful Mother Nature always seemed to blanket the world with the dreaded white stuff on my special day; suffocating my hopes of having a spring picnic like my brother always had (his birthday is a little over a month after mine).

When spring finally did decide to grace us with her presence, one of my favorite places to celebrate the warming weather was in the Mat-Su Valley (also fondly referred to as “The Valley”). We would take our ATVs and dirt bikes out to the silty banks of the Matanuska-Susitna River and spend the day racing along her shores, splashing in the many tributaries, admiring the beauty while eating PB&J sandwiches, and simply enjoying spending time together. There are days that I miss those simpler times.

If I were to be granted one birthday wish; it would be that everyone could have a slice of meaningful joy and a heart full of peace. Even if it was just for a day. Just like the ones I miss, sitting on the banks of the river of my youth.

Thank you to Cyndi at Pictimilitude for hosting a wonderful Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

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