Sunday, April 13, 2014

Old Home Road 2

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This is a road in North Carolina that leads to my wife Brenda's childhood home. In 2004 I had an exhibit in Winston-Salem, not too far from there. We decided to try to locate her old home. She was only five when the family moved west, so her memories of the place were those of a child. We located the valley with help via cellphone to her mother in Oregon, then started driving slowly down the rural lane as Brenda searched for anything that seemed familiar.

I was pretty astonished at what she could recall. She recognized the neighbor's place up the road--even recalled their names. We were searching for a place with a huge front yard and a house that sat way back from the road, as she remembered it. Shortly after passing the neighbor's, sure enough, there it was. However, the huge yard turned out to be a modest setback of maybe 30 feet, a reminder of how different things seem to a child.

The landscape in this charming area, aptly named "Happy Valley", reminds me a lot of the region where we live now; verdant green rolling farmland, heavy with vegetation and flecked with stands of evergreens.

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