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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

No one is home...no one lives here anymore. The early Spring rebirth adds life to a home long forgotten. With the weatherboards chipping, the porch in decay, and vines beginning to reclaim their turf...the light lime greens of Spring at least give a sense of dignity to the dying memories of families raised, the once manicured yard, and the wicker chairs that once graced the porch on a hot summer's evening...glasses of sun tea and neighborly conversations.

Tonight, think of your home...walk outside and take the time to look around, recalling all of life's events that echo from your yard, street or neighborhood. The block parties, the graduations, the comfort received from the gathering after the funeral, or just conversations over a fence. Similar life events, just as important took place for a family in this yard and within these walls. It is as if Spring is helping to preserve those memories as long as possible before nature finally wins out and another homestead is raised on this same hallowed ground decades from now.

6 comments:

Karrie said...

How beautiful Dan! Your home is where most of your memories are made and you really do need to step back and look at how you made your home YOUR home. I don't know how I will ever leave mine if I have to. Love the house, the memories and most of the neighbors :)

Dan Felstead said...

Karrie,

When Karen and were first married many years ago, we bought an old farmhouse and it was our pride and joy...wasn't much but it was to us. I recently drove by to see the house again and it had been long since abandoned and completely falling in on itself. That is what prompted this post...the house in the photo is not our house but those feeling of a lost past surface whenever I see an old house that has been abandoned.

Dan

Heather said...

The home I'm renting now was built in the 40s, I think. It's been updated inside, but I often wonder what it looked like before, who lived there and what kind of events took place within the walls I now consider home.

Dan Felstead said...

Heather,
If it was built in the 40's, there is 70 plus years of history within your walls! The great thing is...now you are building memories and and adding your history to the house as well.

Dan

Highton-Ridley said...

Hey Dan, what a great shot. Quite dreamy and oozing history :) Love your comp and treatment. Nice :)

Dan Felstead said...

Highton....
Thank you for visiting the blog and welcome aboard! I appreciate your comments.

Dan