Telling the Truth

connecting the dots of my life

Tag: Hope for the Future

empty wasp nest

swaying in chill breeze
an empty wasp nest hangs
ready for nesting birds

D took this photo in September 2020. So now you must imagine the tall shrub leafless. Also imagine the virtually but not totally wild possibility that birds might make a nest in one of these.

We almost took the wasp nest down this fall. Then I found out Paper Wasps don’t return to their meticulously crafted nests. If this nest remains intact through the winter (it probably won’t), could it become a welcome bird house next Spring? Probably not, but I can dream.

The now empty nest hangs just outside my office window. When I first saw it, I freaked out. At the very least, it was an eyesore. At worst, these diligent wasps might attack me the next time I step onto the front porch!

When I’m out walking with D, we see these nests in tall trees around our neighborhood, always from a distance. Right now I could open my office window and tap this one, now abandoned, with a yard-long ruler.

You may well be wondering….

Is this a diversion from the news of the day? Probably. But I’m enjoying it immensely. Think about it! There may be more hope for the future hanging outside my office window, than there is inside the White House today.

Hoping your Wednesday is relatively peaceful, all things considered.

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 18 November 2020
Photo taken in September 2020 by DAFraser

Invitation to a feast

So much anguish
In the world tonight—
Fear and uncertainty
on one side
Belligerent bravado
on the other

Death a daily reality
not to be held back
including death of hope
and relationships

Injustice flourishes–
A parasite eating its sick ways
into our shared psyches
and places of meeting

Yet there You are in our midst—
Showing us how to dance on injustice
instead of trying to ferret it out
from its beguiling masks
of self-righteousness

How difficult it must be
to prepare a table before all of us
around which we might together
take a faltering step or two
following You—
The lord of the only dance in town
that matters

Proverbs 17:1 (The Good News Bible):
Better to eat a dry crust of bread with peace of mind

than have a banquet in a house full of trouble.


©Elouise Renich Fraser, 20 September 2017
Image found at
Response to WordPress Daily Prompt: Crumb

Early Marriage | Part 25


Through the Looking-Glass, Cambridge 1969

I’ve been dreading this post. That’s partly because I’m looking back at old photos from 1965 to 1969. Not wanting to leave them or their memories behind. So I’ve decided this won’t be the last Early Marriage post. It will be the next-to-the last, with a few more photos!  

Early marriage and motherhood were magical. Yes, there were unexpected, often distressing ups and downs. Yet I was surrounded by people I trusted, and felt reasonably capable of being a mother without becoming overwhelmed.  

Not that everyone and everything was perfect. It wasn’t. Still, I was glad to be married, redirecting my energy toward at least part of my new family of choice. I was also relieved that, on the whole, I’d managed to get through all those first-time-I-ever-did-that experiences. It was like hitting the jackpot several times–once and done. 

Not that the rest of my life has been a downer. It hasn’t been. In fact, sometimes it had more drama and excitement than I wished for. But for me, getting through all those first things was an accomplishment in itself. It gave me confidence that we would be able to do this marriage and parenthood thing together–D and I. 

I wish I could report that everything we worked on in our relationship was successful. I cannot. Between us, we carried a lot of unfinished business when we moved on to the next chapter of our life together. But that’s for another post and the next series. 

For this post, I’ve chosen several old photos I especially enjoy. They convey hope for the future, beginning with the photo of our son at the top of this post. They aren’t picture perfect. They do, however, capture the beauty, tenderness and craziness of life during early marriage. 

First, a couple of shots taken in and around Boston. No other city has offered us views of autumn wealth such as these.

1966 Jun Bird CastleB

Upscale Bird Castle in Cambridge, price unlisted

1966 Nov Pick a Pumpkin

Pick a pumpkin–any pumpkin! Cambridge 1966

1966 Nov Fall in Cambridge MA2

Fall in November, Cambridge 1966

1966 Nov Yes its fallB

Fall leaves along a road near Cambridge, Nov 1966

Finally, several photos that show our ability to have fun and fly by the seat of our pants!

1967 Sep David in the stocksB

D in the Stocks! Somewhere near Cambridge, 1967

1969 Jun Scott and David Picnic 9.5 months

Out for a day at the park, Cambridge 1968


A little incentive goes a long way, or Spider Walk 1968. Note the vaccination!

1969 Jun Scott taking off walking

Taking off for a first walk! Fall/Winter 1968-69

1969 Jun Scott Trip to Beach

Trip to the beach with our favorite son and beach towels – 1969

Bidding you all a fond farewell for now!


© Elouise Renich Fraser, 22 July 2015
Photo credit: Elouise (two pictures of D, and trip to the beach); DAFraser (all others)

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