December 22, 2010

To Grandmother’s House We Go

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Many folks are gearing up for holiday travel…some of you may have already embarked on your journeys and I hope everyone arrives safely! I won’t be going to the lovely home pictured here, but in a way, it is my grandmother’s house. This house was to have been my great grandparents’ residence, built through the Cumberland Homestead Act under President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal. They ended up moving to Michigan so my great grandpa could get a better paying job in a steel mill and never lived in the house. It now serves as a living history museum for the Homestead. While I would love to have this house in my family, I’m glad that it has been preserved in a way to show what life was like when it was new.

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My great grandpa also helped to build this stone bridge which still stands near the site of the house at Cumberland Mt. State Park. He was a talented man with a very rich life. This will be our first Christmas since he went to Heaven and while I know he is rejoicing now, it’s still hard to celebrate such a joyous time (that he got such a kick out of) without him.

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I know everybody isn’t as fortunate as my family to have tangible things to stand as monuments to the ones they love. When I visit this bridge, I will always think of him and what kind of a person he was. Or when I visit the Homestead Museum, I can think of my great grandmother and the house she would have had. Even in cases where there is nothing physical to remember them by, we can still live our lives in ways that honor our loved ones. I want to make my great grandparents proud and treat people the way they would have expected me to treat them. I might fail at this lots of the time, but it’s still something that matters to me.

Let’s all hold our loved ones close this year and remember fondly the ones who aren’t with us anymore. Happy Hump Day!

7 comments:

  1. You have such a lovely spirit Kate.

    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

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  2. Beautiful!!
    You have such a graceful way of remembering things! :)

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  3. Very cool that you have that heritage! I'm going to have to figure out exactly where this is and go visit!

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  4. Too cool. My Grandfather was a coal miner. I never met him but think of him and wonder what his life was like. My Great Grandfather came to this country from Germany and their property has a tunnel (railroad) running right through the center. I loved visiting there. They had an old fashioned bucket well that you rolled down with a long rope...I wish I could take my Grandchildren there sometime. Nothing like good memories! You are my kindred Southern friend Kate.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip and a great Christmas.

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  5. That's what my post is about! Hugs and here's to happy memories of those we miss!

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  6. I am sure you are making them proud! Hope you enjoy your Christmas holiday with those you love.

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  7. I am sure you are making them very proud. And what a wonderful way to always have them with you.

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Lay it on me y'all!