Confluence

The three amigos (2)
She grew up in the bush of Alberta
I grew up in the sticks of Pennsylvania
With a very unlikely chance of ever meeting;
But, we merged at a confluence of lives;
Education in Virginia brought us together.
Moved to North Carolina to create a new life…
Flowing through time // working // raising children
Traveling back and forth like an ebb and flow;
Visiting our families separated by time and space.
All this the result of an educational confluence
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He grew up in a small village in Barbados
She grew up poor nearby… washing clothes on a washboard
They moved to London // then to New York City.
He lost his sight later in life due to diabetes
She lost sight in one eye as well
Now we and they live down the street from each other
Where another confluence of lives and friendship emerged
The girl from Alberta // the boy from Pennsylvania
The girl from Barbados // the boy from Barbados
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What are the odds of this unlikely friendship…
After fifty years of ebb and flow?
I now teach him guitar lessons each week;
Along with the young boy next door…
Whose mother is from Puerto Rico.
At age seventy-two we both have much to gain
In this rhythm we call life.

Teaching guitar to Danny and David (2)

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

Amaya, at d’Verse asked us to think about the ebb and flow of the earth as a living thing. The people and organisms are constantly flowing from one place to another. The migrants on our southern boarder are an example of this. Most of us in the US have families that came here from somewhere else. Today, I looked at my life over the years, and the places where the flow has come together in the most unlikely confluences.

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39 thoughts on “Confluence

  1. A beautiful story Dwight, it’s as if you were all meant to be together in this life and the warmth and love flows deeply through your words.

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  2. I agree that it can be hard to/ignore those rumblings all around us/, but your personal slice of life sharing goes a long ways in balancing out the chaos.

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  3. Well, look at you DWIGHT — the guitarman… very cool! Life does create strange bedfellows sometime… but isn’t that great. Love the picture my friend. This looks like the beginning of a band… 🙂

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    • Ha Ha! perhaps a wanna be! This is what keeps life interesting! It will be a long way to go. Not being able to see does have its handicaps for someone who wants to learn where his fingers should go. He does have great rhythm. Thank you for your comments Rob!

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