Thursday, March 09, 2006

64 acres



64 acres for sale. Twelve inches of jet black topsoil. Includes a sagging farmhouse with broken windows, barns and outbuildings crumbling under the weight of their uselessness. What is it about the occupation of a building that keeps it vital. It doesn't seem to me that immense amounts of effort go into the maintenance of a building, but the lack of such creates such chaos.

Perhaps the breath and body warmth of animals and humans alike breathe life into the structures.....or is that just nonsense? I do know this much, without the constant touch of man they decay at an exponential rate. Soon a strong gust of wind will signal their end, loosening a single nail or board which serves as a lynchpin to the house of cards.

The oven in the farmhouse hasn't seen a warm meal in many years - now it's just a shelter for nests of mice. Is it a mistake to romanticize the life that was one lived here? I don't think so. It was a hard life, but one that agreed with those who chose to live their lives planting, harvesting, repairing machinery, feeding animals, cooking, cleaning, canning, hanging laundry on the lines. Clotheslines? They will be banned in the suburban community that will occupy this spot.

3 comments:

Farmer said...

You can be belive, that it has been no romantic bed of roses at that farm!

I was born 1956 on a 20 acres farm in Denmark.

Everybody including us kids started 4.00 in the morning.
When we came to scholl we were still smelling of cows.

Coming back from scholl the fieldwork was waiting.

Even a million romantic Hollywood-movies can never make the small-holders real life 50 years ago anything else than less of money and lots of work.

John Murden said...

I live in a turn-of-the-last century neighborhood that has just recently begun to move away from blight. The last 30 years haven't been good to the area. I keep reading things on your site that feel similar to thoughts that I've had about our very different area. We have so many big old empty houses and small old empty houses it is a wonder that anyone is homeless. I see these houses and wonder how the life slipped out of them.

Floridacracker said...

12 inches of black topsoil?
Dirt envy.