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I Could Go Home Again ! (for 9 hours!)
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WallSal55    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:22:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Today, my 21 yr. old daughter and I drove 18 miles to the farm--so her and grandma could sew and hem karate uniforms on my mother's sewing machine.
I had all this time on my hands--so I hiked the
pine forests, cow pastures,and sand hills. Had sand in my shoes, wouldn't be home without that. You can actually smell OXYGEN with all the pines and trees around.
Then I got my daughter's car and took off on
all the dirt roads to all the fields and l hour hayride trails (all the church youth groups had
attended in the 50's and 60's.) (I owe her a car wash).
Oops, I must confess, I trespassed on the 220
acres dad sold to 2 other farmers. But what the
hay, nobody was there, except me and that little silver Alero. Wheee! Drove until the trees were
hangin' over the old roads, and might scratch up
daughter's car, so came back... Didn't make it
to NO MAN's LAND. A strip of land that nobody
had claimed back in the 1800's yet--so that's
what it was called. So, my great-great grandfather started tending to it, and that's how it became his, I believe. (A strip of swamp, sand
and some tillable.)
Now the funny part was--I can remember the long
hayrack rides back to the house from No Man's Land, but we usually had a thermos of water.
But today, I get clear out there in the Alero and
I decided I was tired and thirsty. It was time
to go back to the house for water! (And a snack
as now I am diabetic. Not a kid anymore!)
I'll save No Man's Land for another day with a
pickup!
After that break, I trespassed on the other
side of the farm and then drove to the canal.
So, at 48, no injuries, just a couple of baby
ticks and cherry picking to round out the day.
I was so thrilled to go back home again like
that. I was beginning to wonder if it would ever
happen again--like that--9 hours on the farm !! Dad did get the pickup out after supper and we all went for a drive through the
countryside.
A very happy feeling today! (Most of my trips
home for so long had been short visits raising
the four kids. The youngest just finished high
school.)


Patria / PR    Posted 06-23-2003 at 10:15:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
So...you had fun!!, and was that easy...:-)

There is, as you're finding out, calm after the storm..

Keep focused my friend!

Patria



Tom A    Posted 06-23-2003 at 04:48:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congrats, WallSal55, I envy you.

Stories like yours are one reason why we bought our little farm, so that hopefully our kids & grandkids can feel some kind of roots.

As a kid I was an "Army brat" with few real roots, because the family moved around a fair bit as Dad got reassigned. The one place I call home has changed lots because of all the growth in the Baltimore-Washington DC area since I left...almost didn't recognize my adopted hometown after returning the first time just 4 years later!

congrats, and be happy!
Tom


Clod    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:36:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nice to read that mam..go look above for that area when your grandfather was younger and times were lean.But they stuck with it and came out the other side grinnin like big ole summer possums.Good night.


Ron,Ar    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:41:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Goodnight Clod, I'm here late as usual, kinda a night owl, my father is too so I guess I got it from him.


Ron,Ar    Posted 06-22-2003 at 20:32:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's what makes life worth living. Good that ya got to make that trip, go again and spend more time, it's important.
I got away from home 'cause I thought Dad worked us too hard. Now I go back and work even harder on the farm because I want to. When we are young we got all the answers we think.


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