The Forest!

Who’s to say what goes on in the middle of the “forest”? I decided I would make an adventure and find out for myself!

The day before, I had looked at my map to see how big the forest was. According to my maps it was about twelve miles wide. I knew I needed to be at the center of the forest by noon if I was to get back to before darkness enveloped me.

Just what might one see if you walked to the middle of the forest? Maybe things that creep, crawl, jump, fly, and run? What about those little things that might scare you on your way there? I know I imagined a lot of things, but, think about it…

What if you were standing on the edge of a big forest and you could see a little way in past the trees, and the bushes? You might think about what may be moving around beyond the trees, keeping an eye on you. I thought about it for a few minutes. Do I walk to the middle of the forest and find out? Let’s look at it this way. We don’t know if there are bears, wild hogs, or even black panthers in the woods. So do we dare go walking deep into the woods? I personally wanted to know, but do I go by myself?

I was pondering over the idea so I sat on a stump just outside the forest. I had a notepad and pencil, and it was a nice day. As I sat there writing down the things I would need “if” I decided to walk to the middle of the forest.

The following day I had made up my mind, I was going to do it by myself! As I entered the edge of the forest I remembered how quiet things seemed here just the day before. I was looking around at the trees, bushes, and the few wild flowers. Everything was so beautiful! As I moved on I heard a noise in front of me. I stopped, after a few minutes this big white Jack Rabbit jumped out of the bushes! A little startled but I still managed a smile. As I continued walking through the woods I was thinking about what Bob had said to me about distance “You can walk about five miles in eight hours through the woods”. I knew I had to keep moving if I was going to make it to the center of the forest by noon.

I had been walking for about two and half hours, I was getting closer! Just one more hour and I should be there! So far I had been lucky, no problems as of yet. The wind had picked up, and the trees were swaying back and forth making a beautiful whispering noise. It’s amazing to experience how nice it is out here enjoying all the beautiful sounds of the birds, crickets, and all the creatures you can’t see.

I was getting a little tired, so I stopped to rest on a log for a minute I decided to have a snack and some water while going over my notes. I looked at my watch and it was time to move on. I came to a small creek and the water was running and making little ripples in the water. How pretty it was! It was far too wide to jump. I was thinking maybe I could find a log a little further down the creek. Maybe one would be lying across the water and I wouldn’t have to get my feet wet. About thirty yards down the creek I found one!
As I walked across the log, careful to keep my balance a big turtle jumped into the water making a loud splashing noise! I almost jumped out of my skin and slipped off the log, but I made it to the other side safe and sound. I patted myself on the back, for doing a good job making it across the creek on the log.

I looked at my watch and I was only about thirty minutes from the middle of the forest. I continued walking. The brush was getting thicker and I started moving through some heavy brush which forced me to go out of my way. Suddenly, I saw a large cone shaped object directly in front of me. I stopped dead in my tracks not moving a muscle. It was a hornets’ nest! I was scared, knowing what I had to do; I moved slowly back trying desperately not to disturb them. I got lucky. I started thinking about how badly it would have been if I had disturbed them and gotten stung by the hornets.

As I stepped into the middle of the forest it was so bright! There was a small clearing of about ten square feet. I sat down on the ground to enjoy the scenery around me. Proud of the fact that all alone I had accomplished to make it here.

One can’t ever experience what I saw unless they go there themselves. It was so beautiful!
Until next time, try to imagine the upcoming story of what I found!!!

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Orange Blossom Special

(The Rest Of The Story)

I did call the ghost riders of the sky A few days after I wrote the original story, and to my surprise I got a message from them. They told me it was located in Orlando, Florida. Who would ever think the Ghost Riders would call me back?
It was very interesting that the Orange Blossom Special was located in the town I lived so many years at! It was sitting and being stored at the down town rail road station. The old train sits on the rail next to the station sure enough, and I don’t know how long it has been there. I did some checking on the Internet and found out that it was soon to be en-route to The Tampa Florida Rail Museum one car at a time.
I don’t know if I will ever get to see it in person. I will keep my hopes up that someday I will visit Tampa Florida and be able to finally see it.
If you ever want information on something just call the Ghost Riders of the Sky and tell them Wendell told you to call them. Ha ha ha

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My Loving Wife and Companion, Lois

She was my Lady of the night

She always told me I was bright

And loved me all throughout the night

 

Her love songs were so soft and bright

I know she always loved the night

When the moon was shining like glowing light

My wife was bright like a full moons rays in the middle of the night

 

My Wife’s smile was always bright

During the light of day through the moon lit night

Her kiss was soft like sunshine in the early morning light

 

I will think of her every day as long as I live because I loved her with all my heart and soul.

Wendell & Lois Glisson Forever.

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My Beloved Wife

Lois Maries Glisson

I Love You my Dearest Wife!

It is with great sadness that I announce the very untimely departure of the woman I loved very dearly. Many of my readers know of my great respect, admiration, love, and companionship I held for my wife Lois Glisson. Lois was far more than a wife. She was and still is the world in which my every breath revolves around.

Lois was a very loving and compassionate person. She has always had the ability to overcome anything and everything that may have crossed an intersection of any stage of a project she was working on. She was a veteran of cancer fights and had overcome obstacles brought forth by cancer on several occasions in our lives together. She always maintained a smile and a can do attitude. This was just one of the many beautiful traits that allowed me to adore her every footstep.

In April of 2009 we had received news from her doctors that her newest battle would be one fought but not won. She was diagnosed with a rare liver cancer known as a Klatskins Tumor. We were told then that our expectation should be low and that we would have a battle that would be tough it would also be short.

My Lois not only took the news lightly, she also took it with a smile as an invitation to not only challenge her cancer but to enjoy life to its fullest no matter what stepped into her life’s now fast lane. Lois made available opportunities that would fill our memory buckets with love, fun, and happiness. We took time to travel, visit with family, and even travel and visit with family! I love her for her drive! She made the past year not only memorable and remarkable, but with the battle at full force she still kept my heart filled with love and hope!

Lois has departed my physical life on March 09, 2010 at 3:30 in the morning. This is indeed a very sad and hurtful time in my life. I do still rejoice in the passion and understanding that she will forever be with me spiritually and emotionally. I love my wife every bit today that I did the day we got married well over 30 years ago. I am able to find happiness in my heart knowing that I always did everything possible to insure Lois knew that she was not only loved, but also adored for her strength, courage, and guidance that she provided to everyone she knew.

Lois, though you are missed on this Earth, you will forever be remembered and respected. The love we felt on a yesterday will continue for as long as a today continues to show a new sun and a tonight brings forth a new moon.

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