Wheel Fence in Autumn

Marjorie Wallace

Lacey, United States

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Steamboat Island,Washington state

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The day was cooler than the last time I was here. You could smell the rain coming in from the west as it often does this time of year. That cool, moist north island air that makes you zip your jacket and turn up your collar. The leaves had turned red, yellow and orange and the grass along the edge of the drive had become a golden brown.
As I stepped out of my car, I felt a cool breeze touch my cheek and I walked up the drive, my feet crunching on the gravel and the fallen leaves. He was sitting on the ground, turned away from me, welding something onto the back of an enormous cargo trailer. It was the kind you see on the freeway, hauling about six cars on their way to a new destination.
The smoke from the red-hot welding rod drifted on the breeze and at that moment, he lifted his helmet and turned to see who was arriving. When he looked up and saw that it was me, a welcoming light came into his eyes and his smile warmed me in that instant. His eyes were clear and blue, more intense than I remembered. For a few brief seconds, we smiled before he explained to me what he was doing. He introduced his friend that he was working with and told me they were trying to get this done before the incoming rain. A few words more, don’t even recall what they were, it was all very polite and proper. All I could think of at that moment is that I wanted to touch him, and that feeling surprised even me.
I got in my car and slowly backed down the driveway, knowing how his voice would keep me company on the long drive home. Somehow, his last words, “See You” continued to echo in my mind and sounded like a promise.
I smiled all the way home….

Featured in OLD THINGS ~ 27 September 2009
Featured A PLACE TO CALL HOME ~ July 2009
Featured A PLACE TO CALL HOME ~ 12 Nov 2009
Featured in WELCOME TO WASHINGTON ~ 29 Sept 2010
Featured in FALLING LEAVES group ~ 30 September 2010

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