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Monday, June 6, 2011

Making a Round

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(looking through the fence at my father’s farm)

The afternoon of my nephew’s graduation, after taking as many photos

as my family members would stand,

my daughter and I, along with my brother,

‘made a round’ (family term)

at my father’s farm

El Perdido.

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My father had just said to my nephew ( his grandson) Trey,

‘I know you’re trying to get that money out of my pocket that I have for you,’

when I took the picture.


And so, it made perfect sense, to visit something else that makes my father happy too-

his farm.

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It was a sight for the eyes.

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Hundreds and hundreds of acres of sunflowers-

as far as the eye could see it seemed.

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This is not my father’s crop,

(he would insist I made that distinction),

but it is his land.

He leases his farm land.

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It was a wonderful ending to a wonderful day.

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As I turned to get into Hauler 2,

I looked back and saw my brother locking the gate.

He has done that a million times.



I can hear my father’s voice somewhere back in our childhood

saying to my brother,

‘Can you get the gate?’

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16 comments:

Karen said...

This is wonderful!! Congratulations, Trey. Your life will be making many changes. Next school year without basketball games to ask about in San Isidro or attend... well, I know some folks' who lives are going to be changing too.
It's been a good ride.
Hugs,
The Petersons

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

What a blessing that must have been for you, your son, brother and Dad!
It made me smile!

Pat

Donna Baker said...

What a wonderful moment for your family. Wish we could all experience it.

trash talk said...

Oh mylanta...I had forgotten all about that expression. My daddy used to say it a lot too...back in the day. Thanks for a lovely memory...lost, but now found.
Congratulations to your cutie-pie Trey on a major accomplishement.
Debbie
P.S. You and your daddy share the same crinkly smile...beautiful, but don't tell him I said that!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful post! It made me smile to see those pictures and hear you remembering sayings and times of the past! Congratulations Trey!

Enjoy your day my friend, HUGS!

LeAnne said...

Just makes me wanna cry.

Rita said...

What precious memories! You will always think of him closing that gate. Congratulations to your nephew on graduation. A wonderful post today!

GonSS said...

Sounds like a great family day.

Olive Cooper said...

Your image of the three of them is priceless.

LPC said...

Beautiful Laura. Those sunflowers are amazing.

Deb said...

This is a very sweet post. I love the reference to your childhood and hearing your Dad's voice and the pretty photos. Congrats to the graduate.

NanaDiana said...

OH-lol- What sweet memories. I was always the one that "got the gate"..and we had several on the farm! How wonderful that you have a father that is alive well into your adulthood..what a blessing. I bet it makes him happy to look at that land and see it being productive instead of laying fallow.

It sounds like a wonderful trip-both the current one and the one down memory lane. xo Diana

Jemm said...

I LOVE fields of sunflowers. They are so majestic.

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi, Laura!

Congratulations to your nephew. Your pictures in this post are wonderful!

XO,
Jane

Deb said...

great photos Laura...I love when you post about your Dad...I can hear the love in your voice..

Belle Abner said...

All I can say....is I am smiling from ear to ear...I remember PaPaGeeGee...runs to the "switch" to feed the cows...just like that..lovely blast from the past....that you have brought back...thank you!

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