Saturday, March 21, 2009

Place a Hershey's Kiss at the bottom of an ice cream cone to stop leaks and add an extra surprise.
March 21/22

We went out to eat with Justin & Faith tonight. It was enjoyable. Way too much food though. Good thing there are doggie bags. Faith told us she interviews for a new job on Monday. I really hope she gets it.

Something seemed different with Justin's appearance but I can't quite place what it is. Faith said she thinks he's lost weight, I think maybe he's gained weight. So I don't really know. Maybe he's taller!!

Today after taking Dad to lunch we took an excursion and went past where his grandparents lived. I never knew the place existed until a few weeks ago. My brother told me about it. It's on the road they take to get to the church they attend. It's probably about 20 miles or so from where we grew up but isn't in a place that we had many reasons to go, so most of us never knew of its existence. Bob said every time they drive by the old house, Dad mentions going there for Christmas when he was a kid. It was where his mother grew up.

I wish I could of seen this house years ago when it might have been in a little better shape. Dad says his mom was two when she moved with her parents to this house. Definitely looks like it hasn't been lived in for a long time. But I bet it will be standing for a long time to come. It's hard to imagine what the interior once looked like as there are no walls left and it looks like animals may have once lived here. I try to imagine what an almost ninety year old man thinks about when revisiting such a special childhood place. I know he has been by it occasionally but I don't think he has stopped. These houses built of stone were definitely sturdy and built for a long life. Look at the decorative stars on top of the roof. Dad says they have been there for as long as he can remember. I'm wondering if my great grandparents put it up or if the builders put it there. Either way, I try to imagine their thinking as they decided to put it up on a farmhouse in the middle of farm country. I think it shows that while they were practical they could be a little frivolous.

Dad then had us drive by the remains of his childhood home. There is only part of the foundation left. It's close to the road but on somebody's farm so we didn't get out and investigate. We then went just a few miles to the very small town of Tasco. This was where Dad's family did most of their business when he was a kid. There are no businesses left there just residences.

All in all an interesting little trip.


Christina said...

I loved this post - I love history! Especially family history and to see that cute little house and imagine what it was like originally, with a family living in it is so cool.

judycolby said...

I know, I really wish Dad would of showed this to us years ago, maybe before the cattle lived there!