That sign was placed in 1982, made my Grandpa very proud. I took this picture last weekend when we went to the farm. A lot has changed since 1982, let alone 1882. Much has changed in just the past few years. I don't even know where to begin.
The techno-tot had his first real look at the farm, its 2 1/2 hrs from my home and really, since he was born, we have not gone up there much, except for funerals, and he stayed home then. That is going to change, that I know. He had so much fun and was so excited, it was.. awesome. The bigger boys have been there of course, and still go with my Dad to cut the grass and keep the place up. Me? No, I have not been there like I should, and that is a shame. Another thing that is going to change.
I had so much fun as a kid, I really need to share that with my boys. I tell ya, seeing the t-k run across the old barn yard had me seeing ghosts. Ghosts from 15 years ago, ghosts from 40 years ago. Strange, but true. The old house is gone, has been for some time. My grandparents garden, which I spent countless hours in every summer, is long gone too. The field is planted every year by the neighbors, and that is good. But still, the old place is looking pretty deserted.
I took a bunch of pictures and it was pretty cool. We stayed for just a couple of hours and then had to go. You know what was cool? No cell phone reception down by the creek in the swamp. It was quiet, and off the hot dusty road, cool. Saw some fresh deer tracks, no deer though, Nothing else really either, and that was fine too.
We stopped by my old fishing hole, looks pretty much the same. The water level in the creek is pretty low, but other then that? Yeah, I saw a ghost sitting down by the water's edge, cane pole over the creek, yellow bobber floating in the gentle current.
They say you can't go back. You know..'they'. I say you can indeed. The view has changed, but not so much that you don't know where you're at. Not at all. You can even catch a glimpse of that time, feel like that kid again. I know this, for certain. I want to do that again.
Today's thought: Time is not a linear constant. Don't believe me? Try it sometime, you can go back, you can glimpse that other place, and really you can glimpse that future. It is all in how you look at it.
...more to come in the Farm thoughts...