26 Apr

After a while, one tends to remember with clarity, the times and places from a past life. If I could map it out, I would surely begin in Minnesota, in a small Prairie town called Walnut Grove. Grow my food, tend to the livestock and bake the biscuits I eat near the only source of heat in a two room house, the fireplace. Wood has been chopped and stacked, and like the glow from the roaring fire, love keeps me warm.

When my days and nights have been spent and it is time to say good bye, I hitch-up my horse to the covered wagon, and make my way along the dusty road to where the Blue Ridge Mountains make haste to welcome me.

I settle in the small town of Schuyler (sky-ler) Virginia where a run down house with an overgrown yard and a broken-down picket fence waits patiently. There is a stream nearby and a walk-over bridge under the coolness of a wooded area known as Walton’s Mountain. This is where I tear away at the weeds, mend the fence and scrub-clean the walls and floors. This is where I make my home. I still bake my biscuits, and while there is a small garden beneath my kitchen window, most of the supplies I need, I barter from the only country store down the mountain road.

When my days and nights have been spent and it is time to say good bye, I pack my carpet bag and walk down to the station where the bus takes me to a speck of a town in North Carolina.

I stay a while at the Rooming House until I find more suitable accommodations. There’s a little house on the outskirts of town near Myer’s Lake I have my eye on. Mayberry is a small community and the townsfolk are friendly here. With the depression and the wars but a whisper, I look forward to clothes hanging on a line, flowers blooming in the sun, and sitting with friends in front of the Diner sipping on a cold bottle of pop.

After a while, I’ll remember with clarity, all my past days and nights, and I’ll marvel at how extraordinary my life is now.


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