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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

This has been playing on repeat all day on my brain wave playlist. The von Trapp family singers hold a special place in my heart. This cinematic gem served as one of a dozen or so Blake Family VHS classics, in good company with Ten Commandments, Short Circuit, Karate Kid, Pretty in Pink, Brigadoon, Thorn Birds, and Gremlins. The list goes on. The memories go far further. Before the days of On Demand, or Netflix, IPad, or You Tube, these VHS movies were worn thin, watched dry, played repeatedly and frequently.

Fittingly for today, this classic tune reeled reminiscently through my humdrum consciousness.  Dancing its way in and out of my day.

I hate to go and leave this pretty sight

So much so that when I arrived home I immediately went to YouTube in search of the melody. I googled, “So long farewell,” and watched the short clip with nostalgic driven eyes. Memories dispensed from the screen as I was frozen in recollection of years past.  How the eldest, precocious Liesl reminded me of my sister, Brenda; tall, lean, and astute. While the fair haired, Louisa was my second eldest sister, Peggy; pretty, poised, and assertive. Fran and Ray were Friedrich and Kurt, of course, while I was naturally Brigitta. Ryan was destined by default to be a blend of the youngest von Trapps, Marta and Gretl.

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, adieu

I reflected on how this writing experience has helped breathe life into memories past. I googled the names of the von Trapp children for all accurate purposes, and came across an article on Maria von Trapp. She died last month, February 22, the last surviving member of the original von Trap family singers. She was ninety nine. The article mentioned that she had suffered from Scarlet fever as a child and was very sickly, however, ironically, she out-lived all of her siblings. I examined the details of her face closely.


Light shines from her soft, youthful eyes. She encapsulates a childlike innocence and operatively radiates this energy with the sincerity of her beaming smile. Contagious, this dynamic light transmits from the enthusiasm of her whole being. She is a spit fire, convincingly in love with life, this Ms. Maria von Trapp.

Adieu, adieu, to yieu and yieu and yieu

Although initially disheartened by the discovery of Ms. von Trapp’s passing, as I looked in her shining eyes, a sense of serenity overcame me. How many stories she must have lived to tell. How implanted her childhood story has become embedded in my own. In an indescribable way, I believe feel as if I have felt the warmth of the light from her smile. I am familiar, in the remembrances of light and love shared in the frosted haze of my youthful days. I have felt the warmth of her smile. It has traveled over oceans, infiltrated and transmitted through my VCR and box TV. Good energy has a funny ability to do this. I have a feeling Ms. Maria spent her days wisely; listening, learning, and embracing what life had to offer her.

Maria 2

So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye

I am fascinated by how lives interweave with one another. The impressions we leave.  Like fine tapestries, the existence of our very beings are braided and interlaced. How our stories intersect and dynamically inspire one another’s to reach new depths, explore undiscovered territories. This fluid energy of the story is one of the magical elements of Slice of Life. Through even the most intricate details, the most mundane of tasks, the thread is spun to weave a story in which, in reflection and with a simple step back, one can behold the full masterpiece and see themselves reflected within its complex beauty. Whether by a thread or a pattern, we see each other. We see ourselves, in the warmth of fresh, familiar reflective light. And the stories spin on…

The sun has gone to bed and so must I

Goodnight Slice World. I bid you, adieu

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2 replies

  1. Das perfect. Unbelievable. Of all the reflections I’ve read today this one just takes the breath out of me. So spectacularly written and beautifully rounded out. It’s so good. The entire paragraph of comparing the challenge and slice stories to a tapestry is unreal. I think you’re such a talented writer and you’ve definitely inspired me through this while journey. Adieu. 🙂

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