Fields of Summer

“A cabin, a cup of coffee and a typewriter;” a picture I have carried around in the back roads of my mind for several years. I pictured a log cabin in the woods; sitting at a table in a red checkered flannel shirt with a cup of coffee and a typewriter.

Whether I call it a notion, a dream or a desire…it stayed with me; like a small puppy that follows you…keeping a safe distance, but following still. I wanted, many times, to give that puppy a home; to feed it, to spend hours in the fields of summer running and playing with it, but my day to day schedule was booked solid…there was no time…no room for anything else; and the years went by.

I think it is that way with all of us. We start out in life with dreams and hopes and a vision of how it all will be. Then, before you have a chance to go after those dreams and hopes, life takes you down a different path and the farther you travel on that path, the more distant become your dreams and your hopes. The path you find yourself on is a good path; but not the one you envisioned.

Those dreams, those hopes are still there; still following you around like that small puppy, just waiting for your attention; waiting to run and play in the fields of summer with you. Like the small puppy, your dreams and hopes have always been there, patiently waiting for that day when you will finally have the time for them.

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 NKJV).

It is never too late and you are never too old to do what you have always wanted to do, but never had the time. Your hopes and dreams have never given up on you…do not give up on them.

Copyright ©2011 LeRoy Dean All Rights Reserved


5 thoughts on “Fields of Summer

  1. Steven Sawyer

    Butch, this is absolutely lovely and true. My dreams are still following me around nipping at my heels. I hope I will some day soon (I’m 67) find a way to capture them again. Thank you for this. I am looking forward to your book on growing up in your hometown. I love stories like that. And I know yours will be fantastic! I’m back now, reading you and my other favorite writers regularly. I am eager to follow you each time you write again. God bless you, my friend.


  2. creativecatherine

    Again this is trully amazing, please then me you’ve wirtten a novel?


    • Catherine,

      I do not have a book out yet, but I am working on three at the present time. One will be a children’s book, the second a book about growing up in my hometown and the third a book of poems and short stories.


      • creativecatherine

        Thats brilliant, I love your writing style. Actually it reminds me of Nicholas Evan’s ,who is my very favourite writer. Would you mind if I used your link in a post of mine?


  3. How true indeed that we should not give up on our dreams. 10 years ago today we adopted a hungry, little puppy which we named Nissa and took care of it till her demise in 2008. She responded to our care with loving affection and faithfulness and taught us lessons on obedience, loyalty and unconditional love. Much more she gifted us with 25 more of her kind who guard our farm and give us joy,fun and friendship. We call them each by their names just like the Good Shepherd to His sheep. And all these started with a dream.


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