Kelley J. Leigh

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A Bowl Full of Rain

 

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A Change of Address.

Before we loaded up our Colorado U-haul and headed to the Pacific Northwest, many friends gave the same well-meaning but gloomy advice:

“Say goodbye to the sun.”

“I hope you like rain.”

“You’ll love it, except for the weather.”

I relocated from the Rocky Mountains to Puget Sound. We moved from The City Above the Clouds the the Rain City. Dry to wet.

Even though umbrellas sometimes turn into weapons in the wind and all hope of any hairstyle is gone, I actually am enjoying the rain.

Simplest explanation, my husband transferred to a new job in the Seattle area. We started a new season of life in a smaller space. The preparation was six extreme months full of whirling objects. We revamped and polished our poor worn down mountain house. We boxed up a lifetime accumulation of boyhood artifacts. In the process, I swung alternately between weepy nostalgia and physical exhaustion. And after a blur of so much packing, sorting, giving away and fixing up, we headed west. We set down roots in an emptier nest.

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I brought a couple of garden objects from my old yard to the new place. A large cobalt blue garden bowl now sits on my small wood deck. It reminds me of drier days at 9000 feet above sea level where the thin air seizes all moisture like a dry sponge.

The bowl used to serve as the base of a small tumbling water fountain of  several spilling bowls. I had to retire the little water feature because the water kept evaporating too quickly. The pump burned out. Because it was a gift from my mom, I repurposed the large dry cobalt base bowl as a planter to fill with dirt and flowers.

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As spring starts to take leaf, the pottery bowl sits outside on my tiny deck awaiting flowers. For now, the dry container is constantly filling with rain water. Somedays I have to dump it out.

Rain slaps the surface of the bowl water. On sunny days clouds reflect off the stillness like a mirror of the sky. Pelted by the rain, then shining like the sun.

What used to be a dry fountain is full and overflowing,

Expectant in a season of growth,

Filled with unmerited gifts that pour from the sky.

A repurposed vessel caught in a downpour.

A bowl full of rain.

Maybe that’s me, in Seattle. And I wish you the same, where you are.

May your bowl be filled,

KjL

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22 Replies

  1. Ah, moving! The opportunity to downsize and simplify! I too experienced this blessing and curse! Moved from IL to Michigan in September. Glad to hear about your next adventure!

    1. A blessing and a curse all at once, yes. Indeed. I hope your transition to Michigan is going well, Carolyn. So happy to find you here! Grace and peace to you, friend. : )
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  2. Bettina Donaghy

    Kelly, so glad to read this latest post. Moving is hard. You have explained it beautifully.

    1. Bettina. I am always glad to see your name here! Sweet to hear from a long ago neighbor on the topic of moving. Best to you!
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  3. Penny Anderson

    So glad to get this. First, I’ve missed your writing, and second, wondered how your new adventure has been going. This sounds happy! May God bless you with many new Seattle friends! Love, love.

    1. Penel. Such a gift and joy that you pay attention year after year. Thank you. oxox ~Kelley
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  4. Kristin Moak

    Growing up in Seattle, I never minded the rain. I love the smell and sound of rainfall. We are in transition as well! Bryan took a job in Park Ridge! Looks like we’ve swapped childhood homes. Blessings to you and Steve in your empty nest years.

    1. Kristin. Wait. WHAT?! I require details!
      Also, I think of you anytime I see a sign that says Federal Way.
      So much love to you. ~KjL
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      1. Kristin Moak

        Federal Way! Love it! Bryan took a position as VP of Church Strengthening for the BGCs (Converge) MidAmerica district. The office is in Park Ridge. It has 225 churches in IL/MI/IN/MO. He started 3/1. I’ll move down end of May. We are looking to rent in Vernon Hills. New adventures!

        1. Well then … that is amazing … and such a wild coincidence of places. Blessings to you guys on your new adventures ahead!! oxox
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  5. Kelley, I have thought often of you and your move to Seattle. May you experience God’s love crashing over you…. or maybe pouring is a better word choice. I look forward to hearing of your transition.

    1. Babs. You are a treasured constant. Thank you. All sorts of pouring to you as well! oxox ~K
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  6. Angie

    I was truly blessed by this. You are a gifted writer. I pray that your bowl always be filled.

    1. Angie! Helloo!!!! We need to find a way to reconnect. Hugs to you all the way on the other coast. oxoxo
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  7. Susan

    I have missed your writing. So glad to have found this entry about your new life step. Beautiful.

    1. Susan!!!! Makes me smile to hear from you. Thank you for this. Hugs to you, friend. oxox ~KjL
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  8. So happy to see you writing. And so happy to see you thriving in your new place. You are missed, and you are loved, and this was beautiful!

    1. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Thank you friend. Miss you back.
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  9. Tate Correll

    Perspective is everything! :) I’m happy you’re enjoying your new home. Sending you love!

    1. Tate! Thanks so much for stopping by. Sending love right back at you! ~KjL
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  10. Debbie Maxwell Allen

    Missing you, but so happy you’ve found blessing in the rain!

    1. Thanks friend. <3
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