Wednesday, September 16, 2009
~ Meandering down PA Country Roads ... Memories ~
We were out just meandering thru the countryside trying to 'kill' an hour for an antique shop to open when we came upon a wonderful scene ... Daddy & children harvesting the corn stalks. The Father gave us permission to take their pictures, which usually they do not. The children are 10, 8 & 5 ... the 2 sisters were at home. The farm is the pic directly under the chidlren. These farms in PA are spotlessly kept.
Pic #5 on down are just pretty countryside for you to enjoy. And, yes, they still have outhouses in PA, WV is not holding exclusivity ... chuckle.
I remember as a child we would occasionally as a child, ride a train (before we owned a car) out to the middle of nowhere to visit our cousins in WA ST. The engineer would stop in the middle of the tracks (not a station) & let us off into the 'wilderness' ... we walked a good distance thru woodsey areas to their home. I did not! enjoy this one bit.
Our cousins lived in a 2-room home & had an outhouse for 'pleasure'. The very first time we used that smelly 'pleasure' I can remember we were all so grossed out about this primitive 2-hole facility. I also recall asking my cousin to pass the 'tissue' & she handed me pages from the catalog (they had both Sears & Montgomery Wards so I guess you could decide which would be more fun to 'pick a page' & to use). I was aghast! WHAT NO TISSUE!!, oh how yucky!! I remember Mother kind of chuckling when I told her. They had a well pump to haul water ... NO indoor plumbing ... a huge tub to bathe in (NO WAY!! would I do that!!) ... they had 2 beds which the 6 of them shared.
It is amazing how a small child can be so impacted by the way others lived ... I can remember having dreams after our visit the first time that I would live in a big house & have lots of 'tissue' ... chuckle!
I reflect now on how happy they all were. They made imaginary play houses amongst the trees using branches, boards or whatever they could find to make 'wall' partitions on the ground ... w/ open spaces as the doorways. Their imaginations were wonderful. They created their furniture out of every imaginable piece of wood/branches/twigs/boxes they could find. We had a tea party out there, played for hours & actually had a grand time with them. They were happy.
Life isn't about having ... it is making due with what you have, appreciating it & being grateful the good Lord has given you this beautiful country to live in, because you are so blessed.
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