Friday, August 21, 2009

Time warps explained!!!!!!

 ***The song "Remember When" goes perfectly with this post- scroll to the bottom and click to play it as you read this*******
I learned something today while my husband and I were out roaming on the bike! I learned what time warps are!


This morning over coffee my sweetheart informed me that we were going on a bike ride and picnic today. I was ecstatic,of course!
After packing a few sandwiches and snacks we arranged Luke's ride to work and we were off for the day! It was cloudy and storms appeared to be south of us , exactly where we were heading- but just like in our youth we ignored the weather and drove south
We decided to ride out to the "old home place" where he grew up and where we'd spent our lives as reckless youths at rodeos,rope ponds,bayous and dirt roads! The place where we first met- and where we all hung out-Choupique!
As we neared hwy 108,the crossroads to our "other world" it seemed as though long silent memories jumped to life!
We passed the house that my brother and his wife shared when their babies were born- it was an ugly blue house but I could still see his old car parked right in front and Lindy was toddling in the front yard.....
Next was the house where a man was killed in an auger when he missed church one Sunday to finish some field work...such a sad thing....... then we passed Renee's house- the place we hung out for good times- before the guys were on the scene Renee and I camped out in the yard...actually ended up in the car cause the mosquitoes were so bad ...then I could see Bub(my hubby) pulling up in her driveway as we got off the bus from school...... the silly parties we had ...parents in attendance and fun music and games late into the night....then we passed the Ogeas- Robert was a bully..... Carol was sweet...I'd had a crush on Mark in 7th grade..... Glenn is a taxidermist...we saw Hardy and Minnie's place where all the boys sold hides...
There it is...the "old home place"...softball,school bus...Homer,the bus driver...tobacco spit.... Sunday dinners...... hot wiring Jacks truck...Clara the coon......dirt bikes.......so many things happened right here..in this spot.......
and all those things were still there- I could feel and smell them as we touched each spot..... I KNOW it was a time warp because I can't remember those things unless I pass through those places! :) They stay there waiting to relived and enjoyed....or remembered and wept over...again.
They are there and they are real....
We drove on and saw the field where Mr Stine had fired Bub for taking a break...my friend Jerry's house ..it was the finest house anywhere around- they were big time ranchers...the place where I saw the first microwave oven in my life!!!!! We turned the corner past her home to the shanty row where the tenement workers lived...then past the horse trainer Ray's place...past the quarter horse run ...under the oaks and finally the bayou....camping,fires, late night adventures,big stories ....... and I wondered if Renee and Darrell would be at the bridge...who else would be there....my yellow and orange polka dot bikini(What can I say- it was the 70's and I had no idea!!!)..my mom, and Renee's mom sitting in folding chairs laughing at all of us as we jumped off the bridge into the bayou....as we drove past I could see them all..smiling and waving and glad we'd come back for a visit!
The swamp was just the same...it smelled the same.....lots of other things change but this road...the swamp...the bayou....the sky and wind....they are the same and in them is warped all the fun,sadness and happiness ..even the silly and stupid things that happened out there....
... go back and visit an old spot where lots of life happened ... but don't stay in the car...get out...stop and listen and smell times gone by....breathe deep and wait......you'll be glad!!!!



Short picture tour...
The ONLY store in Holly Beach......Two hits in 3 years left this little town devastated....
They didn't lose their sense of humor!!! ...or their will to rebuild....twice!!!!


They're open...but no body's there!!!!

Store front...:) downtown Holly Beach..


The Gulf view from the store....

I'm sure there aren't a lot of places where ragged old trailers are up on stilts....are there?

And the shrimp boats just have to be in the tour- someday I'm gonna paint them.

That little yellow sign is an ALLIGATOR CROSSING sign- there's no humor in it either- saw one hit on the road(I didn't think a picture of the carnage was appropriate) :)
TEXAS JUST HAS ARMADILLOS AS ROAD KILL- WE HAVE GATORS!!!!!

2 comments:

Amy Jo said...

This was lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Beverly said...

What a touching post, Autumn....I felt like I could actually see what you were describing. Hugs to you, you sentimental gal!!