A Thousand Beautiful Things

We go for a bike ride in the small Minnesota town where my husband spent his summers as a boy.

I rode my bike on these dirt roads. There’s my uncle’s house. There’s the field where we played softball. We made a world in these ditches.

And then at the corner…

1 sunflowers

an enormous field of sunflowers extending to the edge of everything.

2 sunflowers

3 sunflowers

4 sunflowers

All their faces turned to the east.

5 sunflowers

6 sunflowers7 sunflowers

Bees on almost every face.

9 sunflowers

8 sunflowers

10 sunflowers


It made my heart skip to be near them.


1000 beautiful things? We estimated it was in the millions.

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