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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Echoes....

...from the past beckoned to me as I turned down the dirt road and then onto the gravel drive. I parked the van, stepped out onto the weed choked parking path and pushed aside the rusted gate. The day fairly glowed with light which now lay at my feet in dappled shadows beneath the cross patch of dying tree limbs. I tightly closed my eyes, sighed and took a deep breath. I could smell the rich earth that once fed a generation of families and now simply muddies my canvas sneakers. The dried leaves left to hang in the trees rustled and I felt a warm breeze gently caress my pale, sun starved cheek. I opened my eyes in time to catch a large flock of crows take wing as this intruder neared their makeshift home. Their noisy protestations told me I was most unwelcome! I ventured toward the old beauty with careful, almost reverent steps. Then they came. There, near the warped and peeling front door, I heard them. Children's laughter flew at me in swirling waves, gliding in on the wind only to flow briskly by and then abruptly disappear. They came in mysterious bursts, each round more pronounced than the one previously. They had lived here, for years and years, each passing era brought more of them to this place. It was here they had lived, played and learned some of life's most painful and glorious lessons. This once was home. Now their voices are carried in the warm Spring breeze...echoes of youthful glee and whispered secrets.

15 comments:

daisy cottage said...

Just beautiful.

((((hugs))))
Kim

Cherdecor said...

Lovely old pictures with beautiful thoughts!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Beautiful photographs!

FHL said...

Wonderful post and beautiful photos!

Southern Heart said...

Sue, these photos are wonderful, and I loved reading your post today. I think I would have had some of those same feelings in seeing this property!

Cottage Contessa said...

Lovely post, beautiful photo's!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Melissa said...

I loved this post! It reminded me of a paper I wrote in high school after my family and I toured an old, abandoned (by paying tenants, anyway) farmhouse we almost moved into. What beautiful word pictures you paint!

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Gorgeous photos and a perfect post! I love your story here, Susie!

xo
Becky

PS: You are so sweet! I am making more pennants if you are interested. Will be on ETSY in a few days.

Gillian said...

Oh these vignettes with your camera are tremendous. What a mood you've captured here...very melancholic!
You talented gal you.
Thanks for popping (hopping?) in to see me Sue!
xox

Cheryl Wray said...

These pictures are unbelievably beautiful!!!

And your words are too!!!!

Thank you for such a beautiful post in every way!!!

Mary said...

Lord, I love those photographs, Sue! Great words, too!
xoxo,
Mary

Rue said...

Sue! You know I love those old buildings! Makin' me cry...

rue

Lisa said...

It really makes you think about the past and what it was like. Beautiful...

Rosemary said...

You are quite the writer miss Susie Q. Your photos are amazing too.
Have a wonderful night!
Rosemary

Pamela said...

mmmmm...you gave me shivers down my spine.