–A Time Of Renewal: Part Four

The drive home from Boone was a time of reflection on my winter of healing at Henry’s farm.  It was now a time of letting go of the pain and finally going home after several years of playing music and helping him work the farm.  I knew I had been gone for too long and I missed my mom and dad.  They were understanding and caring, and I was missing them so deeply, but I would see them in a few hours.

I loved driving through the country, the winding roads and farmland calmed my soul.  I knew I would always love the backroads and lost highways.  They would always be the part of my life that defined me, made me who I was.  Like the highways, life had many turns, bumpy dirt roads and little did I know that soon I would walk a new path.

I took a side trip to see some of the old farms where I grew up.  Just past Fair Bluff, seeing Spring Branch Church I knew I had to stop.  I turned into the parking lot and walked into the Sanctuary.  Immediately, I was overwhelmed with thoughts of so many Sundays and so many good memories.  I did my first play there and I was a cowboy, still am at heart.  I closed my eyes and let the memories flow.  It was a good time in my life, the best of times.

It was so quiet in the church that my memories sounded loud and slowly I shook off the memories and watched the Pastor walking toward me to sit in the pew in front of me.  In a soft but deep voice he asked if I was alright.  I told him that as a child I was here every Sunday.  Once I started, I couldn’t stop.  I told him about leaving the farm and moving to Myrtle Beach.  Slowly with effort, the good and the bad of the past five years came out along with the joy, the pain, the loneliness, and the emptiness I felt that forced me to stop playing music.

The Church went quiet as I fought the tears that filled my eyes and finally I told him that I had tried everything without result, so I was going home to my family.  He told me he was happy for me and asked to say a prayer for the journey home and then he said, “If I might ask this one more thing, try Jesus.”

He walked me to my van and I knew before midnight I would be home again, with family and new beginning.


Larry Tyler
Larry Tyler
Awaken the possibilities … then unleash them. After 55 years of successful retail management, I have returned to my passion of writing. I write Poetry, Storytelling, and Short Stories. As a child, I grew up on front porch storytelling. I would sit and listen to my Dad and his brothers tell these great stories that were captivating, and I always wanted to hear more. I wanted to experience the things they talked about. I started writing at a young age and reading everything I could get my hands on. At twelve years old I started a storytelling group and several of my friends became writers or poets. At 16 I hopped box cars and worked the tobacco fields, orange groves, picked cotton, and spent many nights around a campfire listing to life stories. Someone once asked me why I wrote. It consumes an amazing amount of time and I assure you it is not going to make me rich. I write so that my children can touch and feel my words telling of the ones that came before us and the stories they told me. These are the chronicles of our family and even though they come from my childhood memories and are deeply rooted in a child’s remembrance at least they may feel what it was like in the time before them and cherish the things the elders left behind. I am a Columnist & Featured Contributor, BIZCATALYST360 and I have The Writers Café, a group on LinkedIn that features Poets, Writers, Artists, Photographers, and Musicians . On Facebook I have two groups and one page; Dirt Road Storytelling, From Abandoned To Rescue Dogs And Cats, and About Life, Love And Living. As writers, it is true that we honestly do not know what we hold within us until we unleash it. When our words inspire others only then will inspiration return to the writer. I will spend my twilight years in search of the next story, the next poem, and the next image. I will take the time to enjoy my Wife, our Dogs, and Cats, and our amazing new home and I will always find the time to walk down a dirt road I truly hope is that I never have to read another book on Leadership, be on a conference call or see another plan o gram as these were the tool for what I did in life and not about who I am.

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