Here's a random picture that got me thinking about
First of all, I love old houses. The older, more run down they look, the more I want to go inside and explore.
I picture the families that once lived there and I try to imagine what their days were like.
My fascination with old houses may have come from my own grandparent's old home, which was rickety and looked patched together. It had a door on each end of the porch, which intrigued me, for some reason. I still can't figure out what the two doors were for. When they started building their new home, on the same property, we started referring to their old home as "The Old House" and we called it that for years.
One year David, the boys and I, drove Route 66 in Oklahoma (we've actually driven the entire Route 66 from end to end) and the number of dilapidated old shacks was amazing. I was so thrilled! We saw many old homes, way out in the fields, that were abandoned during the Dust Bowl. I went home and watched The Grapes of Wrath, just so I could imagine what their lives were like back then. That was a time of pure survival and stamina.
I remember in one scene, the Jodes packing up only what they could fit in their old truck and it wasn't much. They had to leave the rest behind, to be swallowed up by dust.
I look at the above picture and it makes me think of all the stuff we collect and cherish and I can't imagine having to leave some of the things that were sentimental, behind. But they did.
Now, I am amazed at how we flock to flea markets and antique stores to find those old things again.
We actually want to fill our homes with things from the past. I wonder why?
I think it's more than just "liking the look". I think it's more about preserving a piece of history and the memories of a time gone by.
One day I hope to have a book full of pictures of old, run down shacks.
That would mean traveling the roads, in order to take all the pictures, which sounds like a great plan right now!
I can definitely see that in my future.....
Care to share something about yourself that intrigues you? I would love to hear all about it!