Monday, January 24, 2011

A New Day











Working at getting back to rural living was hard. Often they forgot something while in town and had forgotten how easy it had been to do some shopping. His brother stopped out for a week, just to relive some old memories, and remember the hard work they had put into building their mine. Many were gone, the labor took its toll on their bodies. A few had stayed in contact with him and it was fun to get together with some of their extended family.

Their wives stayed out of what was called shoptalk, for they had only heard a few tales each day, if their husbands had enough energy to stay up and talk. Automation was taking over a number of jobs, but horses and mules that all had their separate personalities had done one big job. One fellow had taken a few of these animals when age made it too hard to keep them working. He had never married so spoke as if these were his children and a big part of his life. Putting them under his wing they ate the best of grains and hay. Two had a particular sweet tooth and enjoyed bread with a little sweet butter spread on it. Many said he had shared his lunch with them many times.

Driving out in a wagon one day, they recognized very few faces that had worked for them. One man had followed in his father’s footsteps and was now a foreman. He told of remembering the huge picnics they enjoyed on the hillside covered in flowers next to the mine. Very little of that was left with expansion and need for space. It hurt to see most of it gone, when that was a memory to relive for all that had came out on this day. Everyone had came from another country to settle in this new land. Many had started out farming, but found a steady income working at the mine worked better to support large families. Some had even left that work to pursue other professions as the towns around steadily grew.

Looking over the area only offered a glimpse at the lives they had lived. Many of the homes were gone or had new families living in them. Railroad expansion claimed quite a few families that had started in the area, never to return to where they started out, forgetting the expanses of the wonderful prairie. Riding back to his home, the conversation slowed to almost a halt as the somber party thought about times past, and friends lost. We should not live in the past he thought, but look into the future. You never could tell what would happen next to this lovely land, but he was sure he would do his best to preserve it. His sister had started a series of stories she was collecting to expand people’s thoughts and ideas of what all looked like before, and the many lives that built this land. A smile went across his face again as he saw his lovely home, an echo of laughter rolling through the meadow from days gone by. Many families had shared the beautiful trails and paths. His hopes that many more would do the same soared through the air, on a gentle prairie breeze.
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A moment comes
Just as before
To remind us
Of now and then.










27 comments:

  1. That pup is SO dark I can never find his eyes!Hahaaa...He's a cutie!
    Love the barn and animals!!!
    Stay warm!!
    hughugs

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  2. What a gently moving, and well written piece - you truly have a great voice. Thanks for showing me your prairie through his eyes, it was well worth seeing (and those photographs are stunning).

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  3. As always, such great photos! The horses are so beautiful & your dog is just too cute :)

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  4. As usual...just lovely! It's so good how you are documenting these happenings..."out on the prairie" before they are all forgotten.
    Blessings!
    Ann

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  5. Isn't it amazing how thick the coats of the cattle and horses grow in the cold months? Then they look so sleek in the warm months. Always love the Lily photos. She surely seems to enjoy the snow. I have a feeling she enjoys just about everything.

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  6. Hi Steve, As I think I've said before, your doggie loves snow as much as I do!!!!! Love the way he rolls all around in the snow... CUTE!!!!

    Great picture of all of the animals. That first bull really is giving you the 'LOOK' isn't he?????

    Stay WARM.
    Betsy

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  7. Your sweet black doggy is just GORGEOUS...and i see he loves to stay also under warm blankets...!

    I do love these wonderful animals.......the horses seem very curious; they are gorgeous!!!

    ciao ciao elvira

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  8. Nice story. And here we are again at a time when folks have to move around a bit to stay employed. Makes for memories but very few good friends.

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  9. Lily is such a cute little thing. Love all the shots.

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  10. Those faces are wonderful. Including that barn face. Beautiful photos.. beautiful words.

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  11. You create a lovely mood with your pictures and story. I think you are the prairie personified.

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  12. I love old barn pics! ...and your little doggie. Too cute! Sophie (my Cairn) went to the farm yesterday. She ended up being a 3 legged dog most of the time. Her little paws just got cold. Had to finally put her in the truck. Don't we just love our furry babies!!!

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  13. I just love all your animals!! The horses and cattle are beautiful and so is your little doggy!! I really enjoy reading your stories also. I just can't imagine how rough it had to be in the old days out there on your prairie.

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  14. You do indeed have a way with words Steve. Love that ole red barn. So many memories in old buildings, it takes you back to simpler days. :)

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  15. The barn photos are my absolute favorite,,,you knew that. Glorious shots!

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  16. Hey Steve, what a dose of cuteness to start the day. I just love your pictures.

    Cathy @ Country Cathy

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  17. Such sweet pictures on a backdrop of white!

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  18. That was awesome! I love how you think. I especially needed to be reminded of this again today... "We should not live in the past he thought, but look into the future." I have struggled with that in the past, and had a very small relaps; thanks for the wake up call!

    And thanks for stoppng by my blog yesterday and letting me know of this post in my comment section. I'm glad you had fun on my blog and hope to see you again.

    Corine

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  19. I like your prose - you paint the scene very well, and I could picture them talking about the way things change. Lovely photos - especially of the horses' winter coats and your pup rolling in the snow!

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  20. The dog sure likes the snow. I like to see the longhorns and you have some nice ones.

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  21. STeve, such lovely photos and a gentle touching writing. You certainly have talent...
    and about that male menopause...you know, my husband swears he either has it or he is feeling sympathy and having symptoms for me!!! If he wants it that bad, he can have it!!!

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  22. so much fuzzy cuteness! Love it! Also fond of the old barn - lotsa character there! Great post!

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  23. Your dog is very cute.
    Photos of animals are very beautiful and I love the old red barn.

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  24. I always enjoy your writing, next your photos were wonderful, but I loved the first and last because I think I am in love with your little dog. With her peeking out of those blankets she is just so cute!

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  25. A great series of photos. Love the first one, the dog looks so comfy!

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  26. It's so true about forgetting things. Love your photos everyone looks so fuzzy and cute with their winter coats and blanket :O)

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  27. Looks like Lucy did not want to get up :). Great longhorn cattle shots.

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