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Forever – What Pegman Saw

This week Pegman is in Resolute, NU, Canada. Your mission is to write up to 150 words inspired by the location. Feel free to use the image supplied in the prompt or snag your own. Both streetview and photospheres are available in this location.

Once your piece is polished, you can share it with others using the linkup below. Reading and commenting on others’ stories is part of the fun.

Thank you to Karen and Josh for hosting this most interesting of challenges.  I really enjoy stretching myself…

Soooo… I cheated and totally did NOT go to Resolute.  But I went to Pangnirtung, NU – same Territory, just further east.  And I went there in memory of Joanne Nakashuk, a beautiful little girl from this region.  Born less than a month after Austin, her mother, Margaret, and I formed a bond as only mothers who live through something similar can.  No obligation, but if you want our little story, you can click here.

Forever

Why is the glow brightest and more colourful on either side of darkness?  Yellows to oranges to reds fill the sky with breathtaking beauty, oft-times leaving you holding your breath or sighing deeply.  Between both spectacles you have the blues that turn to indigo, to black — a beauty all it’s own, sprinkled with sparkling stars, yet, too often, unseen.

So then, why so bright?  Because, dear heart, when the moment comes and you find yourself in that dark place, and cannot see the twinkle of the stars through your tears, remember the light is coming.  The light that was my time here on earth.  The light I am now sharing with you from the other side.  And know this, I would never have been able to shine so brightly without the gift of your love.  I know, it wasn’t enough. But now we have this, forever, I shall be here.

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Joanne Nakashuk June 16, 1995 – March 24, 2008

65 thoughts on “Forever – What Pegman Saw

  1. What a beautiful and tear-wrenching tribute to this little girl who made her mark on so many hearts. I love the idea of the bright light always being there, on the other side of the darkness.

  2. Q.

    What a wonderful tribute to such a beautiful little girl. And how true it is, that the glow is brightest in the before and after of our lives. It has everything to do with dreams, I think, We dream of amazing things in the before, and then, in the after, we reminisce on how our dreams could not touch how much better the reality of it all truly was.

    Brilliant. Soulful, and true.

    Peace and love

  3. I’m a sobbing wreck. What a loving tribute and what a beautiful story. And how lucky you are to have a friend such as that. Thank you for sharing this.

    • So very sorry I turned you into a sobbing wreck… not really 😉 We were lucky to have connected and to still be…
      Thank you for reading it.

  4. Dear Dale,

    As others have already said, this is a beautiful tribute to the child. Full of colour and love. I still maintain you didn’t cheat. This story is timeless without location to fetter its meaning. Well done, my friend.

    Shalom and love,

    Rochelle

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  6. Dale, the beauty of this makes my chest tight. Then to see the dear picture of Joanne. I think the pain of your black place forged these exquisite images of the light on the other side. ❤

  7. I think this is one of your best pieces because it comes from deep, deep within your heart. I cried reading the story that inspired this and now I’m in tears again. Wonderfully done, my dear.

  8. That is such a beautiful story, Dale, and such a profound insight to realise that even the darkness has its beauty, although we don’t see it at the time. I’m deeply moved. Thank you for sharing.

  9. This tribute is so beautiful, Dale. Loss breaks our hearts, but when you felt that love that added so much to your life, you know you are better for knowing that person, no matter for how short a time. Just so wonderful – I’m tearing up reading it. Lovely work

  10. dale – wonderful for the humanity and love imbued.
    interesting that it is connected to your past (will try and read the linked post in a little bit)
    and then the writing was just wonderful.
    the bits of alliteration in the whole first paragraph – to have the transition with
    “So then, why so bright?”
    leading us into the second part.

    Feel like I could read it a lot more times and never tire or it.

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