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llmart

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35. Beautiful writing!
Mon Apr 29, 2019, 01:00 PM
Apr 2019

It took me back to my youth where there were acres and acres of land my six siblings and I could roam and look for arrowheads and remnants of the past. No one stopped us with their "No Trespassing" signs, mostly because everyone knew everyone else's family. I grew up in a rural area and the people that owned the land thought nothing of having kids on it. We fished in their ponds with hand lines and grasshoppers that we caught in our hands. We ice skated on the pond in the winter when it froze over. We played imaginary games and learned all about the insects in the creek, made up stories about the treasures we found. There was no such thing as a season when you didn't go outside.

We lived in a 100 years+ old structure (it wasn't really a house) that had been a one-room schoolhouse in the 1800's. There were several outbuildings. A brother and I went back to visit our old house probably 40 years later and it still stands. We stood on the property (the new owners were fine with us doing that) and reminisced about our wanderings. We walked along the creek where we spent so many hours. Every single one of us is an outdoors person and we're all in our 70's now. I no longer even live in that state, but with the beauty of the internet I have been able to do some research on that house and the surrounding land.

So, thank you for allowing me to walk down your particular memory lane because you and I both know that at a certain age, we have plenty of memory lanes to walk down. There's a reason that people talk about the wisdom of age. Not everyone has it (think Trump), but some of us do.

A Long, Strange Walk [View all] H2O Man Apr 2019 OP
Wow. The more things change, indeed. Damn. spicysista Apr 2019 #1
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #2
I was transported, walking with you along the river. panader0 Apr 2019 #3
Thanks, panader0 ! H2O Man Apr 2019 #6
Thank you for sharing voteearlyvoteoften Apr 2019 #4
Thanks! H2O Man Apr 2019 #7
K&R... spanone Apr 2019 #5
Thanks! H2O Man Apr 2019 #8
What a beautiful post malaise Apr 2019 #9
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #11
We are all the products of everything we experienced malaise Apr 2019 #13
Right. H2O Man Apr 2019 #18
You brother are a free man malaise Apr 2019 #70
An excellent read. gademocrat7 Apr 2019 #10
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #12
Thank you, I enjoyed reading your post. Bluepinky Apr 2019 #14
Thanks! H2O Man Apr 2019 #16
The spirituality shines through in your writing, it's very comforting. Bluepinky Apr 2019 #26
Again, thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #32
Sounds like the perfect set-up--cabin, woods, pond, crackling fire and dogs. Bluepinky Apr 2019 #101
"What a lo-o-o-onnnng strange trip it's been..." lastlib Apr 2019 #15
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #17
A wonderful and bittersweet read, thank you for posting it..n/t monmouth4 Apr 2019 #19
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #33
TY for this thread! bluestarone Apr 2019 #20
One of the finest posts I've ever encountered on this forum. A pleasure both to read and Atticus Apr 2019 #21
Thank you, Atticus. H2O Man Apr 2019 #34
What a beautiful and moving post, my dear H20 Man... CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2019 #22
Thanks, Peggy! H2O Man Apr 2019 #36
. lunatica Apr 2019 #23
Right. H2O Man Apr 2019 #37
Wisdom, always wisdom, H20 Man. democrank Apr 2019 #24
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #38
Sometimes the best we can do is simply bear witness. Kind of Blue Apr 2019 #25
Thanks! H2O Man Apr 2019 #39
he gave 'me' etc. for good writing kiri Apr 2019 #27
Yet English H2O Man Apr 2019 #29
no reason for disparaging the Brewerton culture kiri Apr 2019 #45
I wrote the H2O Man Apr 2019 #46
Determined to pick at it, are you? I see we didn't accompany Waterman on the same walk... Hekate Apr 2019 #63
Wouldn't that be "Pict attic"? yonder Apr 2019 #69
Looking for a Pict-ax would take me much further afield than New York State. Gods know what's... Hekate Apr 2019 #71
Yikes! H2O Man Apr 2019 #83
I really enjoyed reading this post. I could visualize every step he took on his walk. I didn't Tess49 Apr 2019 #81
Thanks. H2O Man Apr 2019 #82
Thanks for the input. It helped to stifle my strong desire to be mean to that person. n/t Tess49 Apr 2019 #90
The bow & arrow H2O Man Apr 2019 #91
Excellent point. I feel like I need to copy this response and carry it with me in my purse. I tend Tess49 Apr 2019 #96
Uh oh! How are you ever going to outdo this essay? Thank you very, very much for sharing Karadeniz Apr 2019 #28
Oh, thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #47
Thank you for sharing your stream of remembrances and reflections Pluvious Apr 2019 #30
Right. H2O Man Apr 2019 #48
Beautiful and poignant... Docreed2003 Apr 2019 #31
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #49
Beautiful writing! llmart Apr 2019 #35
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #50
Wow! Interesting stories. llmart Apr 2019 #73
Oh, yes. H2O Man Apr 2019 #93
I read lots. This is the best I've read on the internet in a long time. Thanks. mahannah Apr 2019 #40
Wow! Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #51
Beautifully written. Thank you. Shrike47 Apr 2019 #41
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #52
Thank you. yonder Apr 2019 #42
Thanks! H2O Man Apr 2019 #53
Thanks for taking us on a thoughtful ramble... Hekate Apr 2019 #43
A few years back, H2O Man Apr 2019 #56
One of the fine things about being older is the long View. nolabear Apr 2019 #44
I agree. H2O Man Apr 2019 #57
Your story took me back to my own youth... kentuck Apr 2019 #54
It's a curious thing, H2O Man Apr 2019 #58
I always felt younger than my body. kentuck Apr 2019 #61
I think that is H2O Man Apr 2019 #64
The young tend to think they will be young forever. kentuck Apr 2019 #67
I'm glad that H2O Man Apr 2019 #68
Thank you H2O Man! kentuck Apr 2019 #74
Very moving essay and excellently written. Thank you. justhanginon Apr 2019 #55
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #59
Thank You for the post...K and R. Stuart G Apr 2019 #60
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #62
Great post! bluecollar2 Apr 2019 #65
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #66
This is a treasure. You are a treasure. chia Apr 2019 #72
Thanks! H2O Man Apr 2019 #84
You have to be old enough to appreciate the sentiments of looking back like this. keithbvadu2 Apr 2019 #75
Right. H2O Man Apr 2019 #85
I've never been a fan of Thoreau's philosophy. but ppl can't be painted in a single Kurt V. Apr 2019 #76
Thank you, for your poignant post. wendyb-NC Apr 2019 #77
Well, thanks, wendyb-NC ! H2O Man Apr 2019 #86
I love going on your walks with you coeur_de_lion Apr 2019 #78
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #87
The more we walk the further away the city on the hill seems to be. grantcart Apr 2019 #79
Valid point. H2O Man Apr 2019 #88
sirs or mamm, AllaN01Bear Apr 2019 #80
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #89
Thank you for bdamomma Apr 2019 #92
Well said. H2O Man Apr 2019 #94
Thank your for your wonderful story H2O man. Absolutely lovely. One of the best reads I have c-rational Apr 2019 #95
Thanks! H2O Man Apr 2019 #98
kick Demovictory9 Apr 2019 #97
One question: H2O Man Apr 2019 #99
lol. i hope so! Demovictory9 Apr 2019 #100
I needed this, H2O Man MBS Apr 2019 #102
Thank you! H2O Man Apr 2019 #104
I don't think I've ever read an OP of yours that I didn't Rec. This is one of your most powerful. nt femmedem Apr 2019 #103
Thanks, femmedem! H2O Man Apr 2019 #105
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