Wednesday, April 10, 2013


My son Henry has very recently internalized the concept of "mine", and he often walks around the house holding a favourite toy saying "mine, miiine" over and over again.  This is, of course a normal part of toddler development, and an opportunity to teach about mine, yours and sharing, but it also reminds me of the way I feel about Swords.
I woke up the other morning with a desire to visit "my" Swords.  Now, I know there are many people in the area and beyond that can lay more claim to it than I, but I still feel a strong connection.  I feel drawn to the place, and when I see footprints or evidence of other people at the site, I think "no! Mine!".  Just like Henry and his toys.
This time last year my interest in Swords was just beginning to spark.  With the snow melting, my desire to be up there has returned. My goal this year is to find out more about the personal stories of Swords.  When I look up at he windows in the old store, I can feel the lives that have gone before.  There is a strong presence  there.
Our neighbour has many things to share with me, and we spoke at Christmas about getting together sometime to chat.  I think I'll have to pay a visit soon.

1 comment:

  1. The "mine" concept is very strong in all people and with all things. You have your "right" to ownership of Swords in your mind because to you you discovered it for yourself. The stories it tells you are "your" stories. I feel that way about a lot of things. The Motorcycle Chapter that Annabelle and I directed for three years is in that category. We took it over at a low point and built it up to be the largest Chapter in the State. We are no longer the directors, after 3 years we stepped down to allow someone else to take it to the next level. Because of our ownership over the past 3 years I still feel it is "mine". The new director is a good friend and he "allows" my input so my feeling of ownership or "mine" is still intact. I also have added a new "mine" to it as I am now editor of the monthly newsletter.
    Life moves you through many things and places and every one of them leave an imprint of "mine" on you.