HIDE-AND-SEEK (a navy blue memory)



they grabbed the flashlights, I stole my mom's boots
I can't tell you what color the sky was because I've seen too many sunsets since
but I do remember that as we crossed the barb wire fence I was trying my hardest to take all the beauty in
I'm afraid it was too much for my little heart to handle

it was a new game they were showing us
the concept was a lot like hide-and-seek but with a twist
the seekers had a spotlight
and if the light shined on you, you were "captured"

after the rules were explained, we began
and as the seekers counted to sixty, we all scrambled around trying to find the best hiding spot
I probably tried out three different spots before I settled in the corner of a little shed in the middle of the field
I stood tight in my spot and caught my breath

it was completely quiet besides the seekers that were running around
I could see the light bouncing off the trees and my shed
my heart was pounding
but then I began to think

thoughts probably too deep for an eleven-year-old girl
I looked up into the navy blue sky
gosh, it was beautiful up there
and I sighed happily

because here I was living
my boots were muddy ("my mom will kill me") and I was shivering from the cold but I was living
I thought about life and how precious it is and how I am here
I thought things I couldn't even fathom

I smiled at the stars and they were smiling right back
I was smiling at God too (I know He was smiling back)
my heart was screaming "thank you"
for being in this wet field playing hide-and-seek under the stars with new friends

oh, and by the way,
I won


39 comments :

  1. This post is so beautiful. <3

    Ellie
    www.uniquelyyou1.blogspot.com

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  2. This is so beautiful. So much love, Aaliyah. <3

    Abby
    http://quillsandcurtsies.blogspot.com

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    1. awh, Abby, thank youuuu!!!!

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  3. awwwwww I remember these days and you captured that unexplainable feeling so well. also I'm glad your mom didn't kill you 😂 xx

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I tried to capture it well so that made me happy haha. AND ME TOO LOL

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  4. I love this so much! How you wrote it is simply beautiful! <3

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    1. Awhhh, thanks!!! That means a lot :)

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  5. This is such a beautiful post! It is so amazing that God has planted His beauty in the earth!

    In Christ,
    Emma W.

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    1. Thank you so so much!! And I agree!

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  6. wow I can vividly remember something just like this as a kid. isn't it amazing how the vast sky is just so...well like a window to God.

    and *high five* GO YOU FOR WINNING

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  7. Wow. Just wow. This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    <3

    audrey caylin

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    1. thank YOU for reading!!! :)

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  8. omgns I love this so much

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  9. Love it! I have good memories of playing hide and go seek at night as well. *sighs*

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  10. this gives me life because it's literally my life and I love it so freaking much

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  11. Omg this is amazing

    LOVE <3

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  12. Hello, my newest Instagram friend and fellow Berean. I love the introspective and poetic way in which you write! Very impressive.

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    1. Your comment meant a lot to me! Thank you for your kind words.

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  13. This is literally my favorite thing. Oh my gosh I miss this. xx

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    1. UGHH THANK YOUUU!! and same wow

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  14. Oh my gosh I LOVE this so much. Yes.

    Hailey
    haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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  15. This is so vivid and just...beautiful. <3 It reminds me of the times I was lost in the wonderfulness of youth, and how when we're young we can't help but live, live, live! I can't believe I hadn't come across your blog yet...

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    1. Wow, your comment completely made my day. Thank you so much!!!!

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  16. Aaliyah! THIS IS SO GREAT. Your writing really paints a great picture in my head!

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    1. That makes me so happy to hear because that's exactly what I was hoping it would do!!! <3 thank you so much

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  17. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS - you're so good at painting pictures out of words. This was SO vivid and gorgeous and I almost felt like I was there. THANK YOU for sharing! (also, your blog rocks ;))

    ~ Savannah
    scattered-scribblings.blogspot.com

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    1. UGHHH THIS MADE ME SO HAPPYYYYYYY!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you.

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  18. *high-pitched screaming but in the best way possible*

    This. Was so. Beautiful.

    As I read it, I was mentally hearing it as if a spoken word artist was reading this aloud. And it sounded amazing.

    Girl, this is so lovely, and I remember moments from my past (both distant and recent) when I just stopped and thought deep thoughts at a million miles an hour but they were good deep thoughts and I thought "wow, this is life" and I just felt my faith in God get rooted deeper into my heart and--

    Okay wow. *sing-song voice* Raaanting.

    Just wanted to say, I loved this and it was so relatable (and gorgeous and I loved how you included the simple but complex beauty of God and His creations and--no, no Olivia, you're done ranting remember? sorry I must remind myself sometimes)

    (P.S. thanks for your comment on my blog! ^-^)

    O | Life as a Young Lady

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    1. Hahahaha, your comment was amazing XD

      "As I read it, I was mentally hearing it as if a spoken word artist was reading this aloud. And it sounded amazing." >>>>okay, if that wasn't the best compliment I have gotten lol WOW THANK YOU!!!!!

      And girlllll, I love ranting so don't sweat it haha!!

      Thank you seriously SO much for your sweet comment. <3

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  19. Hi there!!
    I've just found your blog!!
    Ohh my I absolutely love it!! Your posts are amazing! I'll definitely stick around <3
    I'm new on the blogging world, in case you'd like to check my blog out. If not, that's alright. I'll still be reading your gorgeous posts!! <3
    xoxo

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