The rock where I sat felt cool against my back as I watched the sun continue to climb in the sky. The trails had been empty and I enjoyed the solitude. I contemplated staying where I was, but there was a need to go on. Getting up once more I moved further along. Cresting the hillside I could see the small lake below. Following the narrow trail I came to the large oaks watching over the valley floor.

A picnic bench missing its seat on one side invited me to rest. I climbed up on the table and lay back. The oak branches gave me shade and I viewed blue sky through the leaves. The gentle breeze blew upon me. I lay quietly listening, receiving their messages as I thought of the One I loved.

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