Prickly thorns and dried-up old ladies

August 20, 2007 at 7:35 pm 3 comments

I don’t think I’ve linked to any of Larry Brody‘s writing since I left Strike the Root. But I still read him more or less weekly. Sappy sometimes, he is, but heartfelt and true.

And today, this piece about a fiercely independent old woman just got to me. I couldn’t choose just one snippet to quote here. Read it for yourself, if you’ve a mind to.

Maybe you’ll come to feel, as I do, that this old lady’s life story has a lot in common with the things freedom outlaws – PSM, Claire, velojym, OldTiredRN, my own dear Thunder, and so many others – go through.

Choose to go through, even – because the alternative just isn’t ever really an option.  Prickly and dried-up they might be (or feel), but are they down and out?

Not so’s you’d notice, IMHO.


Entry filed under: Big Picture, Doing Freedom, Gulching, Living Free, Outlawry.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nedda  |  August 21, 2007 at 11:37 pm

    I could a lot of parallels between that story and homebirth, as well.

    “You’re offering me peace…it’ the easy way.” Wow. Just…wow.

    And you know, not only do troubles remind you that you’re alive, when conquered they provide proof to yourself that you can rise above whatever crap life throws your way.

    Prickly – maybe. Dried up – only physically.

    Rich, glowing, powerful, strong, deep, and wise – that’s what you see when you look really hard. Into the soul.

    Good stuff. Yeah.

  • 2. morrigan  |  August 22, 2007 at 7:05 am

    I enjoy Brody’s stories and this one was a particular gem.

  • 3. Taran Jordan  |  August 22, 2007 at 8:23 am

    Nedda – wow. Just wow. You said it, girl. And in such a juicy way. Keep writing! 😀

    Morrigan – glad you liked it as I did. 🙂


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