Last night Paul and I watched Conviction

Here is the part where I could go on and on about how good the movie is but…

I’d rather share something else. 


I just gave you a spoiler alert for a true story.  I am just too kind.

The day after Betty Ann gets her brother’s conviction overturned she awakes to find his bed empty.  She quickly wanders through their cabin on the lake looking for him on couches and in the kitchen.  She finds him sitting out on a bench by the lake taking in the view.  That moment, watching him take in the view, caught my attention.

The movie contains some pretty serious social interests that one could ponder for ever.

I was taken by that one peaceful moment.  Kenny was in prison for 12 years.  I can’t imagine what it must have felt like to awake early to a lake bright with new morning light.  I felt…ungrateful for my scenery. 

This morning I grabbed a hot cup of coffee and hid in my office to drink it.  There are four big windows in my office facing my back yard.  My scenery is a little dismal.  I allow my children to play in my back yard.  I allow my three boys to use left over construction material to build “forts” in my back yard.  It’s no Home & Garden back there!

I can see that the grass is all frost tipped and imagine the crunching my children will make when they go outside for the first time today.  I can see the hill of leaves we left on the spot our above ground swimming pool will go for summer splashing.  The roses my husband’s grandmother planted are bare but soon I will be delivering a bunch of peach petals to his parents.  My hammock sits waiting for me and a dirty, sweaty child to swing lazy in the sun. 

I am finishing my coffee enjoying the peace of the morning and my own scenery.  That ramshackle yard is my slice of heaven.  It is my future view.

I will have my coffee with a tablespoon of gratitude, please.  

Strawberry Garden

3 thoughts on “Conviction

  1. I love, love, love that picture of your boys! I can so see them running up to you during the summer with bright red mouths and bellies full of strawberries! : )

  2. I think you will want to get a twitter button to your website. I just bookmarked the url, although I must do it manually. Simply my suggestion.

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