A Perfect Afternoon

Afternoon days in southwest Georgia during spring or fall are so serene. The weather is perfect. Cool, breezy, and sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. The birds are chirping, the dogs are lying in the yard, and the horses are grazing in the pasture. On days like these, we take rides on the four wheeler’s. Being that we live in the country, we ride down the dirt roads, around the farm fields and through the woods. We ride to the pond and sit and stare at the water before we continue on our journey. The water is as smooth as glass with the reflection of the setting sun and the trees. If you look close, you may see a fish jump, or a turtle poke its head out of the water. The view is breathtaking and peaceful. We continue on our ride. The cool breeze and crisp smell of the air is exhilarating. Its the feeling of freedom. Sometimes, we decide to ride to the hunting land. In the spring it is just freshly planted and in the fall it is picked and plowed with the smell of fresh peanuts. We drive through the woods and across the creek. We sit quite for a while as we listen to the sounds of nature around us. The turkeys gobble and the squirrels play in the trees. When you look close at the ground you will see the fresh deer tracks. If you sit quite enough, you might even see one. Maybe a buck, maybe a doe, maybe a variety. It starts to get dark, so we head back home. We have a long trip to make. The stars and the moon shine bright in the sky, no pollution of the city lights to block their beauty. The best part of the ride is the children’s faces. They are smiling from ear to ear with the wind blowing through their hair. The sparkle in their eyes when they get to see something different or new. And the excitement in their voices before we take the trip and when we return. Days like these are what life is about. Days like these are what makes the perfect memories for our little ones to pass down to their children and hopefully do the same with them. I hope that one day, when my children have children of their own, they will retell the stories of our afternoon joyrides as they are doing the same with them.

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Mandy Vinson

I am Mandy Vinson and I am a singer/songwriter, author, blogger, and on occasion and dabble into poetry. I am a wife, a mother of two children and a child of God. My hobbies include playing games with my kids and spending time with my family, being outdoors, writing, playing guitar, and singing.

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