He who has a friend

The music fills the air
Lacking words of a warm soul
To keep company
His mind moves to worlds
Make believe friend
To keep company
He misses me
Yet not so much
With his Pal to sit
By his side.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Castaway with Tom Hanks. I remember how the tears welled up as Wilson floated away because as a young girl I didn’t have many friends and losing one always set up the pain of adolescence that seemed so intolerable. As changes happened and as life progresses, we lose those we call friends to circumstances beyond our control. Well, the world can sometimes just feel like a lonely place. When my husband went away to visit our new house, he found himself sitting out each night with music to keep him company and this pail as a table for lack of furniture. He had to make do with what surrounded him. This is his Pail now known fondly as his Pal. This image still makes me smile and to realize with humor and imagination, we are never truly alone and that something so silly and simple can warm a heart across miles. When I just went down to visit I had the joy of company with Mom by my side and even though we had Pal around, I don’t think it was quite the same.

5 day photo/story challenge:

I have been invited by Laine to join her challenge. Thank you Laine, it’s been awhile since I’ve taken on any WP challenges but thought doing something different as the seasons change, so too shall we embrace the differences we can add to the world. Pop in and check out her lovely submission on one of the days she posted her submission at http://frommidnighttodawnlight.com/2015/09/22/memoir-ghost-towers/
Hope you enjoy.


Post a picture each day for five consecutive days. Attach a story to your image.

*can be fiction / non-fiction
*poem / short paragraph
*each day nominate another blogger

Today I nominate Elouise over at https://tellingthetruth1993.wordpress.com and extend an open invitation to all the amazing writers who follow this blog.

*Sporadic posting is alright if you are unable to post each day. There is no obligation to accept this challenge, and I will understand completely if you choose not to participate.

12 thoughts on “He who has a friend

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  3. Yes, albeit busy with showings, etc…look forward to the day of peace and quiet and salty waves and sea breezes😊☀️🌴 miss you my friend, hope all is well with you😊

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  4. I have a slew of them from work, and two for the dogs alone…and the cat too, easy to bleach out to clean and I’m not filling them every half a day for quenched tired running dogs. He is a Pal and was brought down to keep the dogs hydrated….I have the lids but seldom use them…maybe now I shall have to find other uses if I bring more home😊 thanks my friend, K

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  5. I know how you enjoy posting photos and can’t wait to see what you come up with, and your stories are always thought provoking and inspiring I must say😊 I’m glad to have gotten you happily excited😊 K

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  6. What a wonderful challenge! Thanks, Kim, for the nomination. I’m intrigued, and already thinking of possibilities for posts and for bloggers I can nominate. Thanks for mentioning the freedom to post sporadically.

    Your photo and post with poem are sweet! I’ve never seen such a human-like pail in my life, and the story just confirms the wisdom of the pail. It knew who to hang out with, too!

    Now my mind is spinning….:)

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  7. I love this story, his ingenuity and the fact that the pail took on a persona of its own. For a housemove years ago I collected a dozen or so of very similar buckets, taller with lids. They were ideal for transporting plates and other crockery, tea towels stuffed around them. They later went on to become storage for baby clothes, all perfectly sealed from mildew or damp and stacked in the garage till they were next needed. (Those ones have now been emptied completely!) But the buckets still do the rounds as toy storage, mop holder at my back door, and the kids have found all sorts of uses for them over the years including a pond for tadpoles. They’ve been lent out to family for the crockery movement but always find their way home. Their original purpose was to hold mayonnaise for use in a nearby food factory. I like to think they’ve had a wonderfully useful life and talk among themselves about their adventures! A pail can be a pal for life. 😀

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