Thursday, March 30, 2017

It’s Like A Different Place Entirely

My wife and I were talking the other day how much our neck of the woods has changed since we were kids. There are a couple four-lanes that weren’t there back then. The mom and pop joints are all gone, replaced by chain stores, gas stations and fast food joints, and the “tourist babins” of old have given way to chain motels.

Out our valley, The 27 small dairy farms of my dad’s day had turned to fewer than a half-dozen when I was just little and zero now. The 10 beef cattle farms of my youth have currently dwindled to two, and NO-ONE in the area actually makes their living from farming anymore. In fact, they can only afford to farm because they work elsewhere full-time. Cornfields, never common in this narrow valley are now a thing of the past.

The folks who used to fish the length of the creek and ask to do so at the farm houses must have all died. There are a few folks who fish under the interstate bridge still, but they never ask the man who owns the land. Any former cornfields are now hayfields, and most former pastures and hayfields are growing brush or small timber.

We used to know our country neighbors for miles around. We met them at Grange, Farm Bureau meetings, the mom and pop groceries, P.T.A. meetings and school programs. These days, the Grange is gone here, the Farm Bureau is a shadow of what it was, the small groceries are gone (as I said earlier) and the neighborhood schools are no more. Heck, two of our neighbor men were dead a year before we even found out about it.

My great aunt used to say “time changes things.” My wife’s grandmother used to remark that she felt like she was living in a strange world. I understand now just how they felt. © 2017


Sunnybrook Farm said...

Centralization of everything has killed communities. The globalist were attempting to centralize into a world government and the defeat of the Clinton or Bush globalists by Trump in this country was a major blow. Similar movements are taking place around the world. Maybe one day centralization will be seen for what it is even at the local level.

Janet said...

My world has gone away. Most of those good people are underground. The change in this century has been profound and we can't go back to simpler times because so much of the past is missing.

Ralph Goff said...

If we live long enough we get to see a lot of change. And the older I get, the less I like change.

Chickenmom said...

Hopefully the pendulum will swing the other way and people will realize that sometimes a simple life style is better. I do not miss living near the 'burbs.

Caddie said...

I'm frankly stunned seeing the many changes over the past FEW years. I too feel like a stranger in my own world. All the immigrants, nationalities moving in, can't speak a word of English certainly is unnerving and I don't like it or appreciate all the upheaval. WHO IS IN CHARGE?, I keep wondering.

c w swanson said...

Just how the wild indians must have felt a few years after the Euro based peoples took over. Huge changes then - stone age to modern (for then) times in a few short years. Times change, gotta go with the flow.

Gorges Smythe said...

I doubt it, SF; we have to get the world ready for the Anti-Christ.

And more by the day, Janet. BUT, we have a better home a-comin'!

We're ALL like that, Ralph! We're becoming geezers and geezerettes!

I'd live simpler yet if I was single, Cm. It doesn't take much just to keep body and soul together.

The devil's in charge, Caddie, or at least God is letting him THINK he is.

Very true, CW, but sometimes, it's easy to drown in the current.