poetry and prose about place

ghost girl

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In Fredericton, there is a relatively famous road, called Waterloo Row.  It is famous for its beautiful old homes and is featured in the Canadian version of the game Monopoly.  For me, the road represents a favorite part of my former morning commute.


Especially in fog, Waterloo Row presents some lovely vignettes, including ghostly images of the St. John River, with the old bridge, now a footbridge, vanishing into the mist…



older homes, some of whom are reputed to be haunted…



and a bench along the river footpath, haunted by a young girl who sat there almost 34 years ago, considering her future…



I see her sitting there whenever I drive by.  On a cool evening in May of 1980, she drove there on her bicycle and watched the river for an hour, thinking about what her life would be.  In two months, she would marry, and her life would change in many ways.  She thought about this and wondered.


If I could talk to her, I could answer almost all her questions.  I could tell her about her marriage of (so far) 33 wonderful years.  I could tell her all about her future husband and amazing son.  I could tell her how relaxing it will be to be at home full-time after three decades of work.  And I could tell her – the river could never be as beautiful as the sight of our small pond with its stone bench and violet-studded lawn on this day at the end of May, 34 years later.


Copyright  2013  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

May 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

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  1. Beautiful Jane! It made me teary.



    June 25, 2014 at 12:37 pm

  2. Oh my gosh Jane,,,,What a beautiful post.! Brought me to tears,,,,,Just beautiful,,,,you could not have said it any more “moving”. Thanks for sharing.!



    May 31, 2014 at 6:39 am

  3. So tender and heartwarming, Jane – I love the way you told your story…


    Barbara Rodgers

    May 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm

  4. This is really beautiful, Jane.



    May 29, 2014 at 1:27 pm

  5. Beautiful! Next time you see that soulful girl, tell her hello from me!



    May 28, 2014 at 1:14 pm

  6. So lovely – I wanted to weep when you listed what you would tell that young girl. A beautiful, beautiful and moving post. Thank you.



    May 28, 2014 at 1:12 pm

  7. How lovely! Nostalgia and wisdom and so beautifully written and photographed; thank you for sharing this.


    Carol Steel

    May 28, 2014 at 12:16 pm

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