Under the same sky

South Dakota clouds

The clouds have not been this apparent to me since I was just a wee girl sporting tangled french braids, guarding second base in a #8 uniform.

As children, we would look to the clouds as Mom would say, What do you see up there? Sister and I would take our guesses and agree upon a conclusion, usually a dog or turtle, something familiar.

South Dakota sky
Well, Mom would say, clearly holding in a more interesting observation, I see the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland on the left, and Peter Pan in the far back, and Ringo to the right!

Ringo. Of course she would see that.

We knew “old” rock and roll like the back of our hands … a result of years of constant quizzing by Mom when listening to the radio.

Who is this, girls? Peter Frampton, Mom.

Oh, and who is this one? It’s a tough one! Pink Floyd, Mom.

You girls are getting so good at this game! Oh, I love this song! “Oh Lord, won’t you buy me, a Mercedes Benz … ”

South Dakota clouds
Yes, she loved her nostalgic music games as much as she relied on her imagination to keep us entertained. Creativity, outside-the-box thinking came naturally to her, and for this she loved having daughters to relate to. Mom said she always knew God was going to give her daughters.

She’s bossy that way.

South Dakota clouds
Take a peak. Ya never know, you may see Miss Mercedes Benz herself. I know my Mom has.


28 thoughts on “Under the same sky

  1. Loving that SoDak sky! It makes me so happy to see the blue. Add some delicious puffy clouds that flit across the sky and my appreciation level amps way up. So gorgeous!

  2. I love that your mom quizzed you about those 60s and 70s classics. She’s right–every kid should know Pink Floyd on those first few notes.

  3. I can so relate to your mom, two daughters is the best thing I ever got, unlike her I never thought I would have two daughters but what did I know truly they are the best. We do that a lot see pictures everywhere, not just in clouds, rocks, tiles, wood whatever has a design of some sort. They love all the music that I enjoyed plus have introduced me to a great variety which now we share. it is wonderful watching them grow and develop and discover themselves and discover so much of me in them even as they become distinct beings of their own. Its wonderful.

  4. The clouds sometimes look so ominous. Symbolic of the times to come. But this approach does not take us anywhere in life. It is useless to wait for symbols to appear. Its best to go out there and create them.
    Oops. I guess my comment just went off context. πŸ™‚
    Never mind. The mind never minds … ;-D

  5. My bf tries to play the music game with me but I am just too good!!
    My sister and I play the movie game with our mum where we quote a line out of a movie, she sucks at this!!

  6. I love how your mom entertained you. I don’t watch TV much so am always looking for ways to entertain the grandchildren. We do cloud watch sometime and as they get older, it is fun to see what they come up with. We also talk about what we see when we are driving in the car and Monday my grandson said, “Nan, I see lots of beautiful things out my window”. I asked him what he saw and he said, “Too many things to tell you, they are very beautiful, see?”. Love seeing the world through the eyes of a child.

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