Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Return to Neff Road

Returning to the house back the lane is not always easy. For all of the wonderful memories that happened on the farm, we always come back to saying 'good-bye'. Not a day goes by that I don't miss this farm called home.

The final closing of the old screen door. One last walk down the lane. The barn emptied, the house bare. A last look around at the places that were my playground. A realization that we can never go back. I cannot go back in memory without opening doors that bring back sadness as well as joy. You can take the girl away from the farm, but you can never take the farm away from the heart of the girl.

In July, I will return for a month to Indiana and Ohio. I've wanted to do research for a long time. Now is the time. My sisters do not like to go back. It is difficult for all of us. Yet, I cannot imagine not returning to the place of my roots. I go back to bring with me my book called Neff Road.

Perhaps you are new to Neff Road. Perhaps you are checking back to see if I have returned to my blog. Whatever the reason, welcome to the farm on the rise. A farm where lived a family of five. The home of the Loxley girls. Welcome back to moments and memories. For now we will just say 'hello'.

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