All of us will “go home” at some time, it’s inevitable. I remember when I was a kid, we drove for what seemed like days to visit my Mom’s family in the country for “Decoration Day,” which is also called Memorial Day. It was an annual trip that we took to decorate the graves of family members that had passed before us. As kids, we had such a good time, and it was a whole weekend of fun, excitement, and things I had never seen before. There were 13 children in my Mom’s family of which my Mother was the youngest. We were the city folk side of the family, everyone else lived near the homestead. We would drink out of a well, ride cows and even ride on a drag on the back of a tractor through the fields.
When we would visit, we would stay at Aunt Maggie’s house because it was the only home that had indoor plumbing, something that I took for granted at our own home. On Sunday after decorating the graves, we would gather at the homestead for the giant potluck/pitch in dinner. I remember that if we needed to “go,” we had to go to the “barn” to do our business, which as a kid, I thought that was pretty cool. All in all, it was a great weekend, and I got to see my many cousins and play in the fields and get dirty. We always brought home fresh eggs and homemade butter, something my Dad said always reminded him of his youth when he was a boy.
Several weeks ago, and with the help of Google Earth, I went back home to the farm my mother grew up on, and sadly, everyone had passed-on some time ago. Not knowing the address except for RR2, I scowled the location from a satellite. Low and behold, I found it, I saw the farm, and I was thrilled. Things had changed and my mind flashed back to when I was 12 years old. I will always remember the well that we got the water from by dropping a rusty galvanized bucket down a hole and cranking it up for some cold, clean water and going to the bathroom in the barn. When I expanded my Google Earth search, I also visited the graveyard where we went to decorate the family graves. With the technology today, I was at the very spot and could even rotate my view to see the graves of my family. There is no one left to have a reunion, and it’s sad, and my visit was bittersweet, but I did enjoy it and the trip down memory lane.
|Abbie and Clancy|