Ready Or Not



Remember asking another kid to be your friend on the playground? Remember how relieved you felt when they answered, “I thought we already were!”

Remember flying down silver slides, gravel on your knees, pumping on swings and twisting in the chains?

I was it. I counted by the tree. “Ready or not here I come!”

I remember fashioning a clover crown to give to my first crush, when playground games took on an entirely different meaning, when I didn’t seem to have “cooties” anymore.

First loves, first hates, bee hives, sledding accidents, summer adventures, times of joy, pain, challenge, success. All a journey on a speeding train, the destination: our memories, how we got to where we are today, using iPhones, Bluetooth, GPS, streaming movies on Netflix in an Uber AV… didn’t I just ask for directions at the gas station yesterday, take great care in folding away a paper map?

Artificial intelligence, human genomes, targeted cancer therapies on the horizon, all breathtaking achievements; achievements of our lives marking time, like brush strokes on canvas, thicker, bolder use of color as time moves, creates, blurs through poetry and parables, a metaphorical masterpiece returning us to the playground…

To the mud.

To the puddles.

To trying our very best to dodge them.


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College graduation, 1992, rockin’ that polka dot collar!

copyright © Kelly Huntson and 2015-2017. All rights reserved.


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56 thoughts on “Ready Or Not

  1. Seasons in the sun, that’s what you reminded me of. You have a nice use of pauses and visually painting, I think that you would be a excellent story teller and speaker.

  2. Sounds like you’re on the verge of something fun and wild Kelly. Enjoy the ride!

  3. Just beautiful writing ———-like brush strokes on canvas, thicker, bolder use of color as time moves, creates, blurs through poetry and parables, a metaphorical masterpiece returning us to the playground…

  4. To everything there is a season. I loved your childhood memories. Keep living big.

    • Hi Ali! Indeed! I like that metaphor better than my speeding train one! Cheers to returning to those playful times, life moves so quickly. Thank you for stopping by! 🙂

  5. So many wonderful memories! Oh to be a child again 😊

    • Hi Dorinda! Really nice to see you! Hope you are enjoying the summertime. I wrote this post as a reflection after several graduations I’ve attended recently… since Mother’s Day, actually, kind of glad they’re over! It’s fun to think back on those memories for sure. Thank you for the visit! 🙂

  6. It’s always good to get back to nature. Technology offers us many gifts, but it’s not always kind to our well-being, both physical and mental. Spending time outside rebalances us. Luckily our Ohio winters are relatively short. I love my evening walks!

    • Hey Carrie! I agree! I’m always seeking that balance through nature. I’ve been teaching lately at various locations for the Cleveland Metroparks, and one of the perks is visiting the nature centers and learning about all the trails we have available to us. Doesn’t cost a thing! (Except tax money, I guess!)
      Hope the weather cooperates so you can get a walk in tonight, your “sightings” on Twitter are very entertaining! 🙂

      • Thank you. I hope so too. But it’s supposed to rain right about the time I go. Harrumph.

        Sounds wonderful about your job. Great way to incorporate the impact of nature on health in your teaching!

      • I try to, generally have to stick to presentation topics, but I do mention my love for our park system and trail running when I can.
        Getting really dark now, you’re right! 🙂

  7. My, weren’t you the cute one? 😘😉

  8. You are rocking now Kelly 💛

  9. I loved this, Kelly. I remember in elementary school, standing in the line at the cafeteria giving “cootie shots” to my friend after a boy touched her arm. LOL!

  10. You brought those days back to me! I miss them.

  11. yes, always get back to the mud and the swings )

  12. Your words have painted a wonderful picture of thoughts and nature. Well done … gotta love those dots! Aye Ziggy Zomba!

  13. All that stuff stays with you. You carry it in a knapsack your whole life. Just try to unload it. You can’t! Well captured.

    • Thank you, Mark! Great analogy, so true. Feel like maybe I’m trying to unload it through words now, not to sound cliche, but it does help to get “stuff” out of there! 😊

  14. Hi ya nurse Kelly it’s been ages. I would love to go back to mud and climbing trees. It’s been sooo long!

  15. With just a few words you bring us straight back to childhood and the sense of freedom and ease…then today’s world of connectivity often resulting in just the opposite! I had to smile about asking for directions and a map – I still do both – Satnav is great until the last mile or so!! 😀

    • Hi Annika! Thank you! Life really does race by, doesn’t it? And the rate of progress with technological advances is speeding up too! Leaves me feeling behind sometimes. Know what you mean about GPS/Satnav. Can’t even remember the last time I used my car’s system now that I use my phone for everything. 😊

  16. I had lunch today with an old friend visiting from another state, and we spent some time discussing our lives, and how rapidly change is taking us into new territory. Your reflections mirror my thoughts, just more beautifully! 🙂 Love your graduation photo with the bright, proud smile, Kelly!

    • Hi Debra! Thank you! It’s amazing, isn’t it?
      So many things are becoming automated, even computers are writing software! At least we still control design… for now! Lovely to see you as always, hope you have a wonderful day. 😊

  17. Lovely post as always, Kelly. I’m nearly 60, and I look back at the days before personal computers, email, and portable phones, days of big hair and big polka dots! It seems crazy how rapidly things change, and I often wonder how much will change in my last 30 years or so. The world will almost be unrecognizable to the one I was born into… except for things like childhood, love and play and family. Those I hope are timeless.

    • Thank you, Diana, I always love your thoughtful comments! Sorry it took me a while to respond, ran out of time this morning.
      I agree with your feelings, especially with phones. It seems like every time I upgrade, a newer version comes out! Can’t keep up, you know?! Talk about fast changes!
      Thanks for the visit, hope you have a nice evening. 🙂

  18. While I remember some.. .it’s getting harder to remember those days… almost as hard as it is to remember yesterday !! Diane

  19. You take me down the reminisce lane.

  20. You brought back lots of memories, Kelly and you did so in meaningful ways. You have a way of painting pictures with your words.
    Great photo. Even better when the images mirror each other after 25 years.😊

  21. Wonderfully written wonderful memories! Wonderful, just wonderful 🙂

  22. What great memories. Outside from dawn to dusk… Technology kills a lot doesn’t it.

    • Hi Mark! Yes, dawn to dusk! Spent more time outside than inside when we were kids, right? I grew up on a lake, which helped.
      I’m into technology, actually, except for social media… don’t think it’s healthy for anyone, especially kids. Kind of fortunate my own kids have turned away from it; don’t think most know how to handle it, I’m sure you agree.
      Thank you for the visit, hope you’re having a good week! 😊

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