Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Gravel Road

It was December of 1993, and our family spent Christmas in our brand new house. It was so exciting. It was built on 80 acres outside of Owensville. It was the piece of land my dad always wanted.

Just perfect.

As the years went by, and as I began to drive a car of my own, I remember saying MANY times to my dad, "I will NEVER live on a gravel road! NEVER! I just can't stand how dusty my car is. Never, never, never." If you wanted to find our house, you would travel on Hwy EE for about 5 miles and then drive on 3 miles of gravel. I really hated it. My car always had layers of dust on it. What was the point of washing it? It would just get dirty again when I traveled home!

He would always just smile and say, "I used to think the same thing. You might change your mind someday."

Guess what, were right.

I dream of the day when I might live down a road just like the one I used to see every day on my way home (pictured above). I want to step outside of my front door and see nothing but trees or a field of grass. I want to hear nothing but birds and crickets. I wouldn't mind being awakened at 5:30 am by a's true.

I am not an outdoorsy kind of girl, but I do know this: I simply love visiting my parents' house if for no other reason than to take a walk down their lane and see the tall pine trees; to skip a rock on their pond that sits not far from their back yard; to sit out on their deck and hear their wind chimes.

No interstate. No train.

I love it.

Perhaps someday we will live in such a place. And if my vehicle is dusty, I won't mind. I know it's a small price to pay.

Dad...I now understand.


Mindy said...

Could I relate anymore?!

My parents bought the ideal piece of land, built our house, and we moved in sometime in '94.

I cannot stand the gravel road. I think it's absolutely pointless to wash my car! My car is supposed to be black.. ha. I've always hoped and wished the road would be paved!

Like you said, I like the nature aspect of living here.

I don't know if someday I'll someday change my mind about living on a gravel road again, but it sounds likely. ;-)

SonjaMichelle said...

I want to live in a neiborhood like you see on the Truman Show one day. Beautiful yards, beautiful houses, and saying "good morning" to someone across the stree on the way to work.

Ashley said...

I would love to live out in the country as well. I would love to have fields and woods for the kids to run through. Think of all the adventures they could have! I could do without the pond though! :0) I would love to have a screened in porch to sit on, listen to the birds, watch the kids, and drink ice tea. How awesome would that be? Maybe someday...

KatieSmyth said...

I have to say...I completely understand. I'd love to go back to that incredible scenery as well...:)

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