Thursday, August 26, 2010

Silliness on Neff Road

Silliness reigned on Neff Road. I'm not sure if it was the water or the fresh farm smell that pervaded the air. The water definitely tasted like silliness. Having free roam of the farm encouraged silliness. A cupboard full of dress up clothes and active imaginations caused even more silliness on Neff Road.

Maybe, just maybe, we lived in a silly family. One that worked hard and always tried to infuse laughter along with it. But probably it stemmed from a mom who loved to play and enjoy life. I can just close my eyes and hear mom's laugh and see her face. I'm not sure you were allowed to sit in our kitchen and not laugh. Maybe that is what drew people there time and time again.

My sisters will kill me for putting up this picture, but it is one of my favorites. I'm sure that Mom had some sort of silliness going when she dressed us up in old curtain sheers. She was not above putting on crazy clothes herself and playing with the children.

For a family who lived on the edge financially most of the time, we were never short on laughter. Perhaps this was one way to survive the struggles of living on a farm. Living a way of life that depended on nature and her grace, that depended on healthy livestock and good luck. Certainly it was better than popping a pill to survive the stress. Laughter, silliness, family.

There is a lot of silliness that goes on in my house in Beaverton. I think maybe I brought it along with me from Ohio. I am passing on the 'silly' heritage to my granddaughters. They are really pretty good at it.

Silliness.....welcome to Neff Road.

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