Last night’s stop took me to Centerville, Indiana, for an evening with the Opportunity Extension Homemakers Club. We met in the local senior center. It was an easy drive taking the back roads after work at the newspaper in New Castle.
The club’s president, the soft-spoken Peggy, allowed me a thoughtful courtesy, an offer to give my talk early in the meeting and then leave whenever I wished while club business unfolded.
The ladies were attentive and several picked up books, for which I’m grateful. It’s the second time I’ve given a program in this town where I don’t suppose I truly know anyone here anymore, but I know the place well. Consider:
There remains no family remnant of my own in the town where two branches of my family tree merged, but my grandparents are buried in the town’s large cemetery.
Whenever I go to Union County, I take the country road through Abington so I can pass the one-time farm home of my maternal grandfather. My mom often spoke of the threshing dinners, draft horses and fun she had staying with her grandparents there in the summer. Of course it’s been out of her family for decades, but I stare all the same.
So a trip to Centerville, a town my mother loved for her memories visiting grandparents on their farm, is also a trip down memory lane of another kind for me.
Once my part Thursday night was finished, the business meeting resumed and after a bit I decided to go ahead, pack up, and leave. I didn’t want to interrupt the women for photos so instead, I took these few on my way out of this town -- a town distinctive to me for roots – and for memories in the making.
Until next time ...
I'll be back soon to Centerville. Next time, it's a book signing during the spring open house at the beautiful Warm Glow Candle complex from 10-6 Friday, May 5. Stop by and say hi.
4/16/2017 06:19:09 am
Leaving your hometown can be really depressing. I've been in your situation once. I tried to make amends to the loved ones, that I'll be leaving soon. It's really hard at first because there's an indescribable feeling of sadness left in your heart when you leave. All you should know is that it'll get better and you'll find some ways to adapt in your new home.
4/19/2017 05:51:09 pm
Centerville was my grandparents' hometown. While it is not mine, exactly, I do think of it fondly and have many links there. Thanks for the pep talk!
4/19/2017 05:52:12 pm
I do love visiting my old stomping grounds. The question is, would I be able to live in such an area and make new memories that are as rich as the old.
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