Cecilia in our driveway 1921
Wife in our driveway last night 2011
Monday afternoon Kathy (our neighbor) dropped off some pictures .
She said they were old photo’s taken on our property from many moons ago.
I can tell you exactly where most of them were taken.
There was a young girl in several of them. Her name was Cecilia.
She was the former owner of our property and lived here, as far as we know her whole life. Her dad built the house we’re living in as well as the 100 yr old red barn we host music festivals in.
She passed away in 1994.
Cecilia sitting on our front steps
Giving the dog a bath
Holding a chicken
Cecilia is buried just about a mile from us in one of those small pioneer cemeteries.
Last night as I was trying to calculate the date of these pictures, I suggested we jump in the car and head over to the cemetery.
Cecilia was buried next to her brother Henry.
Cecilia, her brothers Fred, Henry, and her mom 1911.
Henry is the little guy in front.
Fred and Henry standing on an old Steam engine.
(One of those old metal tires is still in the barn)
Cecilia and Henry …late 1950′s
What do you see when you look at these pictures?
I see a young girl who loves animals….and her little brother Henry
They lived in a house that didn’t have electricity. (see first picture)
Their mother had a hard life. You can see it on her face.
(see picture of older woman with three kids)
We were told she lost first husband to a farming accident in the late 1800′s.
Eventually she married the hired man (Cecilia’s and Henry’s dad)
Cecilia’s mother had 6 daughters by her first husband, lost two of them to the flu epidemic in 1918.
I can’t begin to imagine…
A verse of scripture kept coming to mind as I looked at these pictures
“Teach us to number our days, that we may get a heart of wisdom”
Listening to the radio this morning as I headed into town I caught the words on a current pop hit by Katy Perry… she sang about living forever and shacking up for the night. I thought to myself, what a bunch of lies. Packaged in a beautiful song.
The truth is (and there is such a thing as absolute truth)
We don’t live forever, my days are numbered and the choices I make do have a way of coming home to roost.
(both good and bad)
Put that to music Katie Perry and keep on rock’n. DM