into the treasure box

The camera-phone six hundred and some miles away clicked in my daughter’s hand…fingers poked a message into the screen, and the image was transported across digital waves of something/nothingness and caused a small vibration from my phone…and I found it, many hours later, a tiny treasure…full of meaning and memories…of little ones cuddling on my lap, whispered words of “Papa’s mountains,” and the feel of a trail underfoot…images cascading in flashes of recall…sounds of water crashing or quietly rolling down the canyon…a scent of warm summer pine and wildflower…or the comforting wood-smoke on an icy morning while snow crunched underfoot….


I have crossed that bridge dozens of times…under the thick canopy of spring and summer fullness in the trees above, while the heady aroma of the mountains blew light or strong down the canyon….or atop a foot or more of snow piled high and reassuring, while I stood or knelt and made images of Christmas-tree-like reflections in the ice and snow rimmed stream…and then gone home to little one’s arms around my neck…”Did you have a nice hike, Papa…?”


*Iphound treasure courtesy of K. Brill, 8/31/16, Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City, Utah.


18 responses

  1. It’s a great gift you gave your children, Scott, and now it returns.

    October 9, 2016 at 9:29 am

    • And now it returns, indeed….

      October 30, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  2. A lovely image Scott! šŸ™‚

    October 9, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    • I rather enjoy it, too, Adrian. šŸ™‚

      October 30, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  3. Beautiful, Scott!

    October 9, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    • So sweet in so many ways….

      October 30, 2016 at 2:46 pm

  4. Such sweet memories. Whatever did we do before we had smart phone to capture such images?

    October 9, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    • Very much so, Gunta…I guess we used regular cameras or just imprinted the moments in our minds where they will remain….hopefully. šŸ˜‰

      October 30, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  5. wonderful that your daughter can share photos across the miles in just minutes from her phone to yours or to your email. The image of your grandchildren are beautiful and what great memories to have.

    October 10, 2016 at 6:56 am

    • It is wonderful….thank you, Kat.

      October 30, 2016 at 2:47 pm

  6. Lovely memories….

    October 10, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    • Indeed, they are…..

      October 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  7. Your words touch my heart.
    A special post Scott.

    October 11, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    • Thank you, dear John…..

      October 30, 2016 at 2:48 pm

  8. Evocative writing and a lovely simple image full of the pleasure of being young.

    October 15, 2016 at 5:46 am

    • Thank you, Andy….I hope they will remember it, as well….

      October 30, 2016 at 2:49 pm

  9. oh my heart..

    November 30, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    • What a precious comment, Susan….. šŸ™‚

      November 30, 2016 at 7:31 pm

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