Deeply Rooted

   I heard the phrase “Deeply Rooted”, more than a few weeks but less than a few years ago, and it connected with me.  I am not sure of when was the first time I heard it but it probably was in some yoga class as it is something a yoga teacher would say.  It was one of those phrases you first hear and it just passes through, in one ear and out the other, but something about it passing through connected with me and lingered in the back of my mind.  When you hear it a second time and then yet again is when that it starts to float up, you become aware that you have been thinking about it.  Deeply Rooted, it is just a phrase but yet it means something to me, it connects to me, but what does it mean?  Deeply, as in feeling deeply, rooted as in an ancient tree roots that extend deeply down into to the earth.  To survive the wind, the storms, the drought a tree must be deeply rooted. 
  I recently moved back to my home town, the town I grew up in.  When I examine why I moved back I find it because of the feeling of being deeply rooted.  Being back in my old home town, being back close to my family makes me feel connected, feel deeply rooted.  It is not the feeling of being back to what is familiar for the town has changed in the years I’ve been gone.  It is something deeper, something deeply rooted to this place.
  Deeply rooted is ancient but something new for me to explore.  Each day I see something new but old, something that gives me glimpses of something deeper, something deeply rooted.  A tree, a painting on a wall, a duckpond, an old building downtown.  Each sparks a connection deeply rooted.

  These are my Deeply Rooted short stories.

Larry Mixson, 04.14.2019

Writings about my father Wilbur 1919
Baby Cloths Rosalie 1919
The Turtle Knocks at the Door Mother
Estate Sale, my Mother's Brother's Daughter Balance in Life
The Call of a Thousand Frogs Mowing The Yard
Remembering Mother, 1998 The Porch Swing
The Pickle Jar The Call of the Whipoorwills
As Evening Falls Mother's Day 2019
Bluebirds The Old Home
Reunions Walking The Fence
The Owl in the Christas Tree Nightmare on the Impossible Dream
Fishing with Grandma 99 Love Letters
The Story of the Tree Kayaking on the Santa Fe River  
Tate's Hell   The Bench
Rosalie's Roses A Trip to Hell and Back New

Updated: 10-10-2022